Shadow Magic Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2001
What an unremarkable movie this is.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
March 7, 2001
Obviously a labor of love for the director, but it fails to stoke imagination.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 29, 2001
The characters are wholly lacking in any real depth, each possessing but a single scripted personality trait.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
April 4, 2001
Properly picturesque but lacks subtlety and substance in blending Chinese and Western history, ideas, and cinematic conventions.
Arne Johnson
Citysearch
April 5, 2001
Hu seems content to make a rather quaint historical object and bathe it in a golden, nostalgic glow rather than deeply probe her loaded material.
Dave White
IFilm
April 6, 2001
Interesting story. Too bad this movie takes that premise and purees it into a mushy East-meets-West tale of conflict, prejudice and personal triumph.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 6, 2001
It's a shame that it has to be burdened with such a tepid plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2001
A pleasant but conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 19, 2001
There is, alas, quite a lot of pidgin drama and comedy.
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 11, 2001
Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 5, 2001
A delightful tribute to the marvels and the magic of cinema.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 5, 2001
resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 23, 2001
Elizabeth Wright
Senses of Cinema
November 26, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 30, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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