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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

Derek Elley
Variety
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February 23, 2012
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
John Anderson
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 16, 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
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
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
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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 6, 2008
John Anderson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 5, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 30, 2008
Sandy MacDonald
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There's a documentary on this very subject that's much better.

May 27, 2008
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Period tale of real-life heroism doesn't fully come to life.

May 26, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 23, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

May 23, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

May 23, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A tale as ploddingly familiar as it is good-looking and worth telling.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 22, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Both a musty throwback and a mushy example of contemporary knee-jerk humanism.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

May 21, 2008
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Director Roger Spottiswoode's skills for physical production outpace his ability to generate vitality and bring out the best in his actors.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 5, 2008
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