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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Derek Elley
Variety
February 23, 2012
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 18, 2008
It is, however, such a spectacular-looking movie, as shot by cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding that it is, to use that old cliche, worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2008
Though there are some powerful performances, notably those of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, and some sweeping visuals, the movie feels melodramatic and overheated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 16, 2008
Perhaps it would have been wise for the director, Roger Spottiswoode, to make more efficient use of Chow Yun-fat, who shows up now and then as a resistance fighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
It's a sturdy film, vivid if utterly workmanlike, that builds to a crescendo of personal sacrifice and misty noble uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2008
Audiences tolerant of clichéd uplift may dab their eyes, but demanding moviegoers will look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 6, 2008
It's a compelling story, with only a few jarring notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2008
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2008
Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 5, 2008
The best thing about Children is the cinematography by Zhao Xiaoding (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), which is so distracting because it so out-classes the rest of the movie.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2008
You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sandy MacDonald
Boston Globe
May 30, 2008
In alternating between an epic remove and a pro forma romance, The Children of Huang Shi stints on the messy middle ground, where the unscripted human element resides.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2008
There's a documentary on this very subject that's much better.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2008
Period tale of real-life heroism doesn't fully come to life.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2008
It's like Schindler's List crossed with The Sound of Music, and Roger Spottiswoode directs it in a stiff, lifeless, utterly dated style of international squareness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 23, 2008
Roger Spottiswoode directs with old-fashioned style, avoiding the saccharine with realistic depictions of a war-ravaged China (where he filmed) and a cast well versed in stiff-upper-lip.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 23, 2008
It's a polished, beautifully shot story, and it acknowledges the messiness of real life. But like real life, it's often baffling and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2008
A tale as ploddingly familiar as it is good-looking and worth telling.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 5, 2008
Director Roger Spottiswoode's skills for physical production outpace his ability to generate vitality and bring out the best in his actors.