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Pavilion of Women (2001)

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6

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 29

Generating more suds than a soap opera, this adaptation of Pearl Buck's novel sinks under the weight of excess melodrama, stilted performances, and cheesy dialogue.

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 12

Generating more suds than a soap opera, this adaptation of Pearl Buck's novel sinks under the weight of excess melodrama, stilted performances, and cheesy dialogue.

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A woman defies convention to find happiness, only to discover the costs are greater than she imagined in this drama based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck. In 1938, with Communist rebels on the rise in China and Imperial Japan intent upon expanding its rule into Manchuria and China, Lord Wu (Shek Sau) is a feudal leader who rules both his community and his family with an iron fist. But his wife, Madame Wu (Luo Yan), has just turned 40 and has grown weary of her husband's dominance. With her son

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Drama, Romance

Paul R. Collins, Ho Yim

Jan 15, 2002

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (29) | DVD (6)

In many ways, this is the East Asian equivalent of the old Europudding productions, where international players have created something that's more cacaphonous than melodious.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground.

May 17, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
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Despite solid performances and handsome production values, the picture ultimately feels like secondhand goods that have been refurbished for North American consumption.

May 11, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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An instant antique.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Suggests a sudsy version of The King and I without forceful personalities or fancy production numbers.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Gets bogged down in enough 'event' to choke a miniseries.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The only importance anyone is likely to associate with this overblown melodrama is self-importance.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Melancholy and plodding.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

You have to wonder why this film has been targeted at American audiences at all.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Suffers from predictable plotting that occasionally heats to a soap-opera boil.

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Even with the brilliant, Oscar-nominated Willem DaFoe in its cast, this movie amounts to nothing more than a waste of two hours.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Viewers have to wade through many embarrassing moments (and performances).

May 4, 2001
Reel.com

It's stiff and soggy at the same time, and Dafoe's priest-as-Superman performance is unintentionally funny.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm
IFilm

Ho stages most of this hothouse activity in an alternately turgid and melodramatic manner.

May 4, 2001
Los Angeles Daily News

Poor Pearl Buck deserved better.

May 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Audience Reviews for Pavilion of Women

A beautiful movie! Love John Cho in this!! Willem Dafoe gives an interesting performance as a foreigner in love with a wife from a noble Chinese family. I've seen this movie several times over, and I can never get bored of it.
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