The Children of Huang Shi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 10, 2011
A disappointingly detached and tame film for such a subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Gilchrist
H Magazine
February 13, 2009
...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 7, 2008
Cynicism for another true story of a reckless white adventurer finding redemption and purpose helping 3rd World unfortunates evaporates with stunning and moving WWII scenes.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
It radiates intelligence. Of how many historical epics can that be said these days?
Full Review | Original Score: B
David D'Arcy
Screen International
October 18, 2008
The real test of endurance is on the shoulders of an audience challenged to sit through more than two hours of predictable plot turns and recycled sentimentality.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 18, 2008
It is, however, such a spectacular-looking movie, as shot by cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding that it is, to use that old cliche, worth the price of admission.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2008
Though there are some powerful performances, notably those of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, and some sweeping visuals, the movie feels melodramatic and overheated.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 19, 2008
Nothing in this film is subtle or unexpected, and even the hero's several near-death experiences create no real tension
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 12, 2008
...an inspiring tale of a man answering a call to greatness even if he doesn't fully understand why it's fallen to him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Xiaoding Zhao's cinematography is splendid, Roger Spottiswoode's direction is workmanlike.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 16, 2008
Perhaps it would have been wise for the director, Roger Spottiswoode, to make more efficient use of Chow Yun-fat, who shows up now and then as a resistance fighter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Stratton
The Australian
July 10, 2008
It is missing conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 7, 2008
Its anti-cynical faith in the value of altruism is encouraging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 4, 2008
History is never easy to capture in a fiction film, especially with a war in the background. But you have to at least try to embrace the whole of it, not just tear off a convenient chunk. Real life is inconvenient; great movies still deal with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
July 3, 2008
Unfortunately, like so many movies that celebrate a historical hero, Children is plagued by an overblown sense of its own importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
July 1, 2008
The Children of Huang Shi is so desperate to be the Asian Schindler's List, an example of atrocity draped in abject artistry, that it forgets to lay out the context.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 29, 2008
... an affecting portrait and a strong story with a compelling backdrop, and Chinese cinematographer Xiaoding Zhao makes the gorgeous locations look magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 28, 2008
The settings in remote China are wonderfully diverse as seen through Xiaoding Zhao's lens, and the passionate and heartfelt saga unfolds beautifully, capturing our hearts.
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