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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Reviews

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Top Critic
Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2008
A dullish though quite watchable lyrical coming-of-age love triangle drama set in the 1970s during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Anyone expecting something either insightful or unusual will be disappointed.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 23, 2006
will appeal primarily to literary and artistic mentalities
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2006
The film is episodic, and most of the scenes are evocative and charming.
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
December 11, 2005
Seamstress doesn't inspire the same kind of fervent devotion its principals feel when confronted with art, but it does make a pleasant enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marc Mohan
December 2, 2005
A number of memorable set pieces illuminate the world around this subdued romantic triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 26, 2005
Skillfully done...but the broader historical context may make one just a tad queasy reveling in its visual and emotional excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2005
[A] tribute to the transforming power of books.
| Original Score: B-
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 19, 2005
Beautifully photographed, Balzac is a sometimes edgy journey that lands gently, but effectively on the mind.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 17, 2005
A nifty little film about the powers of culture and the humanities.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Richard C. Walls
Orlando Weekly
November 11, 2005
[A] big, beautifully photographed and somewhat mushy film.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 11, 2005
[A] charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 9, 2005
The three main characters make a fabulous threesome - they settle into a very comfortable arrangement even though you can feel the sexual tension just under the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 21, 2005
The movie may lose some of its bite when translated from page to screen, but it still delivers a valid message. When one of the boys starts reading good literature, life takes on new meaning.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
October 17, 2005
Offers its share of little pleasures, but falls short of the greatness to which it aspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2005
A funny, sad and absolutely lovely film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 14, 2005
The real star here is the Chinese landscape, which is lush and inviting. Cinematographer Jean-Marie Dreujou and his crews have done a good job of capturing its beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 14, 2005
Sometimes the movie is a bit too gentle, moving at an energy-sapping pace, but one must respect Dai's ability to put criticism of Maoist doctrine onscreen at all.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 7, 2005
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress won't blow you away with its originality, but I doubt if this sort of movie has ever been as pretty and delicate.
| Original Score: 3/4
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