Memoirs of a Geisha Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 23, 2005
On the surface, everything looks great, but look just below, and it all falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2005
I object to the movie not on sociological grounds but because I suspect a real geisha house floated on currents deeper and more subtle than the broad melodrama on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 27, 2005
... good-looking but not quite memorable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 17, 2005
Golden's straightforwardly involving prose, while no great shakes, has been replaced by an extremely fussy affair that is, in effect, its own silk-wrapped pictorial novelization.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 22, 2005
If I wanted the story read to me, I would have bought the book on tape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 23, 2005
It's hard to get in the film more of a sense than merely skimming the surface.
| Original Score: C+
Paul Chambers
July 29, 2009
The screenplay was lacking, the characters not engaging, the story dragged on and no real insights on being a geisha. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Titanic fraudulence
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2005
The filmmakers make characters crasser, ignore nuances within geisha tradition and give characters attitudes and dialogue highly unlikely for Depression-era Japan.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 22, 2005
The clothes in Memoirs of a Geisha are pretty, the women are pretty, the snowstorms are pretty, and the trees are pretty (there's a bush that is the Catherine Zeta-Jones of shrubbery). But the story? Pretty dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
December 22, 2005
An exotic film that feels abbreviated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
December 8, 2005
the world of the film is so narrow that pre-occupation Japan looks like a feudal Disneyland, where everybody knew their place and the cherry blossoms were always falling
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
December 20, 2005
A very sterile film, one where we spend a great deal of time with the characters without ever getting to know them -- or, really, what the life of a geisha is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 27, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 1, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha builds a beautiful garden, then runs an interstate through it to let more people in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 8, 2005
Swathed in silk and longing (mostly for a bald guy called Oscar), the big-screen version of Memoirs of a Geisha arrives with good intentions firmly in place.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 9, 2005
All three acts suffer from sluggish momentum and weak endings.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 9, 2005
This is a movie for the ear and the eye, not the brain and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 9, 2005
With its gorgeous cinematography, costumes and production design, Geisha is a visual feast, but it lacks emotional heft and leaves the viewer strangely unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 13, 2006
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Jay Weissberg
February 23, 2012
Hanh Nguyen
December 31, 2005
Andrew Pulver
January 14, 2006
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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
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
Jason Anderson Arts
December 30, 2006
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008

Boston Phoenix
December 17, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 24, 2005

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December 24, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 20, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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