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
February 1, 2012
Despite the unevenness, the sincerity of the work shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 14, 2011
A quality arthouse film, beautifully photographed and very well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 31, 2011
... stately, solemn and serious, but easier to admire than to enjoy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 22, 2011
Power of Friendship Blossoms in 'Flower'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 22, 2011
Like his old-time Hollywood predecessors, Wang goes for big-hearted, over-the-top emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 21, 2011
An old-fashioned two-silk-hanky costumed weepy.
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
July 20, 2011
Wang, back in Joy Luck Club territory, serves up melodrama without smothering substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
July 19, 2011
Visually, the film is a treat with Richard Wong's cinematography equally evocative at capturing the pastoral beauty and slower rhythms of rural 19th century China and the urban splendor and bustle of today's Shanghai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 14, 2011
Visually stunning drama linking past and present China in parallel stories about the laotong pairing of females into intense friendships should score solidly with, of course, female art-house patrons. Guys with taste will also pay attention.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2011
An emotionally powerful tale of two sets of Chinese women in two different centuries.
Top Critic
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
As the parallel friendships evolve over time, both push and pull between platonic and erotic; it's to the film's credit that it never definitively suggests that love can only be one or the other.
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 7, 2011
This isn't really a movie made for guys, although I can appreciate the artfulness of its construction and the solemnity of its purpose and the studied intensity of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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