Shadow Magic Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
September 17, 2001
In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 29, 2001
Despite the fact that it's occasionally corny, Shadow Magic is also so low-key and so charming that you might not care.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 15, 2001
Some of the hostile reactions to Wallace and his movie machine may seem heavy-handed, but the film reminds us that China had been exploited by Western culture, making the opposition a bit more palatable.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 11, 2001
Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 5, 2001
resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2001
What an unremarkable movie this is.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2001
Why not trust the subject matter instead of shaping it all to fit a formula?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
May 17, 2001
Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2001
Gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to be mesmerized and seduced by images that still convey magic and mystery.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 7, 2001
A sweet evocation of a world on the verge of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Boston Globe
May 4, 2001
Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.
Barry Johnson
Oregonian
April 27, 2001
Xia gives Jinglun an earnest likability.
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Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
April 27, 2001
There is a humane touch here missing from so many modern movies.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
It's a film about film, and Hu's love of the medium's storytelling power shines through every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2001
Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2001
The film is at its best as a document of a changing culture and also as a loving essay on the power of cinema.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 20, 2001
Charming if sometimes clumsy.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 19, 2001
There is, alas, quite a lot of pidgin drama and comedy.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 17, 2001
What makes Shadow Magic a mixed bag, both emotionally and thematically, is its burden of debt to mass appeal.
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