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Shadow Magic Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2005
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 76/100

September 17, 2001
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Despite the fact that it's occasionally corny, Shadow Magic is also so low-key and so charming that you might not care.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

June 29, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

June 15, 2001
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

June 11, 2001
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm

| Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2001
Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
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Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

May 17, 2001
Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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Gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to be mesmerized and seduced by images that still convey magic and mystery.

May 17, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A sweet evocation of a world on the verge of change.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2001

Boston Globe
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Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.

May 4, 2001
Barry Johnson

Xia gives Jinglun an earnest likability.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

April 27, 2001
Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
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There is a humane touch here missing from so many modern movies.

April 27, 2001
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's a film about film, and Hu's love of the medium's storytelling power shines through every frame.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 20, 2001
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.

April 20, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The film is at its best as a document of a changing culture and also as a loving essay on the power of cinema.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

April 20, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

Charming if sometimes clumsy.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

April 20, 2001
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film never quite builds the compulsive emotional power it needs to be an unforgettable personal drama. But it's full of other good stuff.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

April 13, 2001
Tor Thorsen

It's predictable, sentimental, and more than a little nostalgic. Yet it's also quite endearing, growing on you like a warm, fuzzy, fungus until you're overpowered by its affection and innocence.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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March 24, 2002
Elizabeth Wright
Senses of Cinema
November 26, 2001
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November 23, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 30, 2001
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