• PG-13, 2 hr. 7 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Scott Hicks
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 1999 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 30, 2000
  • Universal Studios


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Snow Falling on Cedars Reviews

Lisa Nesselson
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February 23, 2012
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2002
James Berardinelli
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Snow Falling on Cedars is a motion picture of great thematic and visual richness.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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A visual and emotional feast.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Pretty but chilly.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Prettily photographed yet morbidly gloomy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Snow Falling on Cedars makes its most powerful impression in totally silent stretches.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Snow fails as both mystery and star-crossed romance.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Casting Hawke as Ishmael Chambers in a mediocre movie version of Snow Falling on Cedars is pretty much the kiss of death.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Bob Thomas
Associated Press
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A disappointment.

January 1, 2000

USA Today
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| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
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Hicks determinedly neglects almost every other narrative element for the sake of atmosphere, a decision that robs the film of almost everything that made Guterson's story compelling.

January 1, 2000
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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The actors are valiant, but not bulletproof against the screenplay's almost obsessive romanticism.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Plodding and self-serious.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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It's second to none in its ability to specify a world and immerse us in it.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Snow Falling on Cedars is very rarely dull, very often poetic.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Snow Falling on Cedars has to fight to hold our attention and it doesn't always succeed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
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Snow Falling is not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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Reveals itself with the complexity of a novel, holding its themes up to the light so that first one and then another aspect can be seen.

Full Review Source: At the Movies | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Dramatically inert.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
David Ansen
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If ever there was an example of a director's getting in the way of a story, this is it.

January 1, 2000
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
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Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit.

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
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For all his artistic overkill, Hicks fails at the thing that made Shine a winner: he fails to make us care.

January 1, 2000
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