Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
May 30, 2008

Hollywood Chinese is both a history of the Chinese presence in American films and a meditation on the difficulties Chinese Americans have had in being seen as individuals and in putting the reality of their experience on screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 30, 2008

The film is primarily a more astute-than-average combination of vintage footage and talking heads.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
May 30, 2008

...details the blend of glory and frustration that still dogs Chinese-American performers in Hollywood.

Kam Williams
AALBC.com
May 5, 2008

An eye-opening documentary delineating how motion pictures have negatively impacted the Asian community, and how they are like to continue to effect impressionable young minds for generations to come.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 2, 2008

Informative and thoroughly engaging.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
May 2, 2008

Surprisingly entertaining, Hollywood Chinese, a fast-paced survey of how the Chinese have been portrayed in American films from the silent era to the present, is packed with unexpected delights.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 2, 2008

Myriad, amazingly culled interviews with actors, filmmakers and historians add rich texture to this bracingly entertaining, fast-moving survey.

Nathan Lee
New York Times
Top Critic
May 2, 2008

A welcome entry in the constituency-cinema canon, Hollywood Chinese surveys a century‚(TM)s worth of Chinese-American actors and filmmakers, visionaries and dragon ladies, kung fu excellence and Fu Manchu insult, Oscar winners and clich√ (C) mongers.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
Top Critic
April 30, 2008

Just in time for China's (sometimes warranted) resurgence in the press as global bogeyman, Arthur Dong's survey of Chinese-Americans' prickly relationship with Hollywood is a fascinating exploration of the intricacies of cultural assimilation.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
Top Critic
April 30, 2008

Half of the running time is devoted to clips both expected (The Good Earth) and refreshing (Marion Wong's undiscovered The Curse of Quon Gwon), the other to the musings of politely enraged talking heads.

Mark Holcomb
Time Out
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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