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33 Postcards Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 16, 2013
The film has a few good story turns up its sleeve, but prepare yourself for heavy melodrama in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
The script's programmatic feel-goodery smooths out everything strange and noteworthy about Dean and Mei Mei's relationship into an unmemorable and unconvincing blandness.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 17, 2013
Were it not for the staccato bursts of violence, this Chinese-Australian co-production about how an adorable orphan brings love into the life of a hardened convict would feel like a film from Hayley Mills' heyday.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2013
Pauline Chan's film is a jumbled mixture of redemptive uplift and genre hijinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 16, 2013
Sweet to the point of getting a sugar rush. Underwritten and under-directed in style and realization, it has all the substance of a confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2013
A clunky hybrid-half feel-good weepie, half preposterous thriller-that functions primarily as an elaborate travel brochure ...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2013
Innocence meets experience, unconvincingly, in the strained redemption drama "33 Postcards."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 14, 2013
33 Postcards is merely the latest in a long line of films to throw in needless crime subplots as a way of shortcutting things emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 15, 2013
Just when you think it can't get any more sentimental or tack on any more plot detours, the film attempts a clumsy cultural détente as the Chinese children's choir sings "Waltzing Matilda."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 16, 2013
There's no explaining the presence of Guy Pearce in Pauline Chan's sappy, atonal family drama. But it's easy enough to understand why he looks so uncomfortable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 17, 2013
The "oh-so-innocent waif and big old baddie" odd-couple formula dates back to D.W. Griffith, but this muddled effort does nothing to merit its questionable revival.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
May 14, 2013
Orphan Mei Mei discovers dubious desired dad Guy Pearce is not exactly what he seems. Nor is this movie, taking a surprising turn away from the conventional, as it embraces collective values over the usual quest and flight into Western individualism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 15, 2013
Touching story about how the spiritual practice of enthusiasm works wonders in the life of a man in prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 27, 2013
Great Aussie crime thriller droops at the end but pulls through thanks to Guy Pearce.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 16, 2013
It's all in the name of heartstring tugging, and the film, directed by Pauline Chan ("Little White Lies"), does that pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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New York Times
May 23, 2013
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