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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
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-
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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+
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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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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
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
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 5, 2005
... an unusual angle on the era, and a passionate paean to the power of books, ideas and art.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 30, 2005
Dai's episodic treatment has the force of memory, equally embracing the beautiful, the bittersweet and the absurd.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 29, 2005
Manages big magic with a few simple elements.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
A fine, gentle film love story and a cinematic tribute to the power and manifold benefits of communications between different cultures and nations.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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