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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Roger Spottiswoode captures some gorgeous Chinese scenery, much of which is chewed by Rhys Meyers' histrionic performance.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2008
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Its wartime, period and regional production values are persuasive, the character is larger than life and the climax is sobering.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Frankly, we'd much rather hear the stories of the orphans themselves.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

June 26, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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The film's closing credits ironically emphasize its dramatic shortcomings: Here we see the real, now-elderly children of Huang Shi, reflecting on their adventure. Their compelling recollections suggest that... perhaps a documentary would've been better.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2008
Marc Mohan
Oregonian

The Children of Huang Shi is an old-fashioned story of courage and self-sacrifice in the face of war and deprivation. It's also sappy, boring and obvious.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C-

June 20, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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It's a sturdy film, vivid if utterly workmanlike, that builds to a crescendo of personal sacrifice and misty noble uplift.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

What should be a moving story is ruined by hideous acting and sloppy filmmaking.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 15, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The characters in The Children of Huang Shi can conquer famine, war, disease, natural disasters and addiction but not a truly horrible script.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

June 13, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If it doesn't measure up to the label "epic," it's still an engaging account of one man's journey through war and those circumstances that give meaning to the saying, "Heroes are made, not born."

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audiences tolerant of clichéd uplift may dab their eyes, but demanding moviegoers will look elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 13, 2008
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Ah, white people. What can't they do?

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

June 12, 2008
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A dull dramatization of -- and ill-fitting testament to -- British journalist George Hogg's experiences in war torn China.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 12, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

Clearly made with the best of intentions but never anything but boring.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

June 9, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

The Children of Huang Shi means well and actually has a solid story at its core. But what Spottiswoode and company do to that good story is unforgivable.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

June 8, 2008
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com

There's a feeling of skimming the surface of a true story that would be better served by being grittier or more challenging. As well, the narrative deserves more than an obvious and improbable love story between two good-looking movie stars.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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It's a compelling story, with only a few jarring notes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too intense for kids but just right for sentimental, strong-stomachs adults who aren't too fussy about accuracy.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 6, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The Children of Huang Shi is an engaging story and the film is beautiful to look at.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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As predictable as it is picturesque, The Children of Huang Shi is one of those international co-productions full of good intentions and blandly polished results.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 6, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Director Roger Spottiswoode uses the children and action sequences to good effect, but a lack of chemistry between Rhys Meyers and Mitchell makes the love story fizzle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 6, 2008
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