Memoirs of a Geisha - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Memoirs of a Geisha Reviews

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Simon Weaving
July 30, 2009
It's lush, stylish and a feast for the eyes and ears rather than the heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
For all of its inaccuracies and over-the-top mise-en-scène, Memoirs is quite entertaining.
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
The overall effect is not so unlike Mameha's description of geisha themselves: a moving work of art.
| Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 13, 2006
A beautiful-looking film with an ugly little fantasy at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK
January 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
January 19, 2006
Cinematographer Dione Beebe ... fills the screen with lavish images that constantly amaze the senses.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 18, 2006
The subject remained interesting enough to this provincial American to accept and ultimately enjoy the film's well-worn romanticism, even with its resignedly tired happy ending.
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
January 17, 2006
Marshall's approach is simultaneously accessible and exotic, a breathtaking introduction that exposes without spoiling a world of carefully guarded mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2006
The greatest achievement of author Golden and director Marshall is their delicate capturing of the viciousness of women among women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 16, 2006
Stunning to look at, Memoirs of a Geisha is worth seeing for the lush visuals alone. The accents and culture clashes may grate, but the insight into this world, where men can be brought to their knees with a single glance, is mesmerising.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 11, 2006
Even though the novel is one of my favorites; the movie did not leave me disappointed. It left me wanting more, but I didn't walk out dissatisfied with what I was given.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 10, 2006
Always pleasant to watch even as the plot bites off more than it can chew.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 2, 2006
Geisha offers a colorful glimpse that is as alien to most Western audiences as the dark side of the moon.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 30, 2005
Marshall weaves together an exotically sumptuous production frayed by a disappointing ending that tries to draw a powdered happy face on tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 29, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha is grand entertainment, telling its epic story in bold yet graceful terms without ever descending to melodrama or soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 28, 2005
I can't say that Memoirs is a good film, and it's certainly not action-packed (oh, my, is it ever not action-packed), but it's not without its merits, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 27, 2005
In any case, if you judge Memoirs of a Geisha as a moving work of art, it's pretty fabulous.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
Ultimately, Memoirs of a Geisha compares unfavorably with the book, though it offers pleasures of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Weissberg
February 23, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Jason Anderson Arts
December 30, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 20, 2006
Andrew Pulver
January 14, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 13, 2006
Hanh Nguyen
December 31, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 24, 2005

Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2005
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha is one long oxymoronic exercise in attempting to show delicacy through overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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