Green Dragon Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
December 26, 2006
Revisiting the painful aftermath of Vietnam from the perspective of American-bound refugees, Timothy's film is an honorable if not great companion piece to his brother Tony's Three Seasons; both films played at the Sundance Festival dramatic competition
Full Review | Original Score: B-

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 23, 2005
One of the best films of Swayze's Career....Not to be missed
| Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
I've yet to find an actual Vietnam War combat movie actually produced by either the North or South Vietnamese, but at least now we've got something pretty damn close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 26, 2002
An honest, sensitive story from a Vietnamese point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 25, 2002
Earnest, unsubtle and Hollywood-predictable, Green Dragon is still a deeply moving effort to put a human face on the travail of thousands of Vietnamese.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 20, 2002
An inspiring and heart-affecting film about the desperate attempts of Vietnamese refugees living in U.S. relocation camps to keep their hopes alive in 1975.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 19, 2002
Flawed but worthy look at life in U.S. relocation camps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
July 19, 2002
A lyrical, bittersweet film about what could be termed a by-product of battle.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 15, 2002
[A] strong and touching film.
Joe Leydon
San Francisco Examiner
July 9, 2002
A deeply felt and vividly detailed story about newcomers in a strange new world.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 5, 2002
Although tender and touching, the movie would have benefited from a little more dramatic tension and some more editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
June 3, 2002
Begins like a docu-drama but builds its multi-character story with a flourish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
New Times
May 2, 2002
Often moving and explores the discomfort inherent in the contacts between the American 'hosts' and their 'guests.'
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2002
A gracious, eloquent film that by its end offers a ray of hope to the refugees able to look ahead and resist living in a past forever lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
February 20, 2002
A conventional but heartwarming tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
April 20, 2001
Green Dragon falls prey to some threadbare Hollywood conventions, but otherwise maintains a high level of maturity and emotion as it examines the lives of Vietnamese refugees entering America in 1975.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Szymanski
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Kim Morgan
August 2, 2002
The film's bathos often overwhelms what could have been a more multifaceted look at this interesting time and place.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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David Rooney
May 20, 2008
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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