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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is not a great film. It is, however, sometimes a very good one, and it's always a joy to behold in visual terms.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Hopelessly inert, even as it hops between modern, trendy Shanghai and rural 19th-century Hunan...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2011
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Wayne Wang is perhaps best known for directing the lovely screen adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, but there's no joy to be found anywhere in this stately, stodgy film.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Respectable but bland, with all the surface trappings of a meaningful prestige picture but none of the emotional power.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 4, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The drastic alterations to Lisa See's compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two women in 19th century China are unsettling, at least for fans of the original bestseller, and they detract a bit too much from the story See so artfully told.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 4, 2011
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

It's produced by Wendi Murdoch, tiger wife of beleaguered mogul Rupert Murdoch, and defender of his pride from prank pies. The movie comes from a division of Rupert's empire. After Wendi's slap heard round the world, it's the least he could do.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: C+

August 4, 2011
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There's a noble tale of sacrifice and love to be found somewhere here, but it's buried beneath endless shots of billowing silk, and long takes of the leads gazing soulfully as the same four bars of weepy music drone over and over...

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

August 2, 2011
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

A tear-jerking soap opera chick flick about love and loyalty

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 5/10

August 2, 2011
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... stately, solemn and serious, but easier to admire than to enjoy ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Parallel stories from the past and the present are crosscut throughout this film, but rather than amplifying the dual tales' ramifications the technique only ups the film's turgidity quotient.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 30, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

July 29, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 29, 2011
Brian Orndorf

Wang's also made perhaps the most flavorless, outright boring picture of 2011, breaking down the plot into tiny, inert pieces of meaninglessness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

July 28, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Moves] the stick figures in its center through the motions of friendship without seeming to quite understand the actual reasons why we make those deep, abiding friendships in the first place.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

July 28, 2011
Dave White

There aren't enough movies about women's friendships. And there really aren't enough movies about women's friendships with all-Asian casts. So it's a bummer to report that this one's as terrible as it is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

July 28, 2011
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" wants to be "The Color Purple" in China, but it's really just a Lifetime Original Movie with subtitles.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2011
Marc Mohan

The performances, often delivered for no good reason in awkwardly accented English, are almost universally wooden. And the film's overall message is an ode to sorority that's so saccharine as to be insulting.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C-

July 28, 2011
William Goss
Orlando Weekly

Some will argue that certain films should bypass theaters altogether and be released direct to video. I would've liked to see this go straight to book clubs.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

July 27, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 27, 2011
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2011
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