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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Despite the unevenness, the sincerity of the work shines through.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
| Original Score: 2/5
Were it not for the slow pacing and the obviousness of message, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would have been successful.
Although it looks fantastic, it barely registers on an emotional level because it feels so dull and manipulative.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
It's a three-handkerchief weepie untainted by ugly politics.
The whole looks lush, but it doesn't deliver as it should.
| Original Score: 3/5
Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema.
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.
Visual flourishes aren't enough to detract from a confused plot and mawkishly sentimental overtones.
| Original Score: 1/5
Not even the second best Hugh Jackman cameo of the year can save it from being little more than a period curio.
An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name.
Unfortunately that truth isn't illuminated with any originality: tearful confessions and pensive gazing out windows are commonplace.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A quality arthouse film, beautifully photographed and very well acted.
Despite strong performances and a rich premise, this is let down by its own self-importance and sentimentality.
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
An intricate and beautiful film about friendship and its implications
Sisters-for-life torn apart in schmaltzy Chinese melodrama.
A grandly appointed disappointment.