Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a delicate, if sometimes disturbing, portrait of the enduring relationships that bond women together, out in theaters now.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 1, 2012
Despite the unevenness, the sincerity of the work shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 22, 2012
It's a well shot film with beautiful cinematography, though it does feel a bit too constrained at times. But as beautiful as it was, the story and characters failed to grab me
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Were it not for the slow pacing and the obviousness of message, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would have been successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 16, 2011
Although it looks fantastic, it barely registers on an emotional level because it feels so dull and manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 6, 2011
A from Hugh Jackman as a Mandarin-singing nightclub owner is about the only thing that livens up this generation-spanning tale of female friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2011
It's a three-handkerchief weepie untainted by ugly politics.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 4, 2011
The whole looks lush, but it doesn't deliver as it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
November 3, 2011
Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Carmen Gray
Total Film
November 3, 2011
This rich weave of eras looks pretty, but plays to an exoticised vision of old-world China, even as it demystifies the excruciating custom of foot-binding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Weedon
Little White Lies
November 3, 2011
Visual flourishes aren't enough to detract from a confused plot and mawkishly sentimental overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
November 1, 2011
Not even the second best Hugh Jackman cameo of the year can save it from being little more than a period curio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name.
Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)
September 21, 2011
Unfortunately that truth isn't illuminated with any originality: tearful confessions and pensive gazing out windows are commonplace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 14, 2011
A quality arthouse film, beautifully photographed and very well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
September 13, 2011
Despite strong performances and a rich premise, this is let down by its own self-importance and sentimentality.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 11, 2011
With weeping violins, wailing cellos and melancholy piano wall to wall, this sentimental story of sisterly love found, lost and found again is beautifully made. The big but is the needlessly complicated storytelling
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 11, 2011
An intricate and beautiful film about friendship and its implications
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
September 1, 2011
Sisters-for-life torn apart in schmaltzy Chinese melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 26, 2011
A grandly appointed disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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