Shot either in extreme, eye-swelling close-ups or in excessively composed, arty landscapes, I now know more about the blood vessels in these actors' noses than I care to.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
While there is undoubtedly a fine movie to be made from Snow Falling on Cedars, this version, despite some of the acting and the photography, is not it.
| Original Score: 0/4
| Original Score: C
Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
Too faithful to the many time shifts, plot points and layered meanings of David Guterson's best-selling novel, robbing the movie of dramatic tension.
| Original Score: 1/4
Everything seemed so mechanical.
Badly hobbled by an over-emphasis upon cinematic technique that obliterates the emotional undertow of the story.
A film that exploits its cinematic strengths -- exquisite photography, manipulative music, and a fractured narrative style -- at the expense of honest storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
Scott Hicks's loud, bustling direction ensures there's no shortage of activity in his adaptation of Snow Falling on Cedars, but the inertia at the core of the movie is unmistakable.
The film seems to be the work of a visual pack rat, stitched together in a feat of manic, roving impressionism that is much too polite to acknowledge the presence of anger.
Casting Hawke as Ishmael Chambers in a mediocre movie version of Snow Falling on Cedars is pretty much the kiss of death.
| Original Score: 2/5
I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit.
Snow fails as both mystery and star-crossed romance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...the movie is, for the most part, just unreasonably dull.
For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.