The Children of Huang Shi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 27, 2008
Director Roger Spottiswoode captures some gorgeous Chinese scenery, much of which is chewed by Rhys Meyers' histrionic performance.
| Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 26, 2008
Its wartime, period and regional production values are persuasive, the character is larger than life and the climax is sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 26, 2008
Frankly, we'd much rather hear the stories of the orphans themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
The film's closing credits ironically emphasize its dramatic shortcomings: Here we see the real, now-elderly children of Huang Shi, reflecting on their adventure. Their compelling recollections suggest that... perhaps a documentary would've been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
June 20, 2008
The Children of Huang Shi is an old-fashioned story of courage and self-sacrifice in the face of war and deprivation. It's also sappy, boring and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
It's a sturdy film, vivid if utterly workmanlike, that builds to a crescendo of personal sacrifice and misty noble uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 15, 2008
What should be a moving story is ruined by hideous acting and sloppy filmmaking.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2008
The characters in The Children of Huang Shi can conquer famine, war, disease, natural disasters and addiction but not a truly horrible script.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
If it doesn't measure up to the label "epic," it's still an engaging account of one man's journey through war and those circumstances that give meaning to the saying, "Heroes are made, not born."
| Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2008
Audiences tolerant of clichéd uplift may dab their eyes, but demanding moviegoers will look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 12, 2008
Ah, white people. What can't they do?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 12, 2008
A dull dramatization of -- and ill-fitting testament to -- British journalist George Hogg's experiences in war torn China.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
June 9, 2008
Clearly made with the best of intentions but never anything but boring.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
The Children of Huang Shi means well and actually has a solid story at its core. But what Spottiswoode and company do to that good story is unforgivable.
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
June 7, 2008
There's a feeling of skimming the surface of a true story that would be better served by being grittier or more challenging. As well, the narrative deserves more than an obvious and improbable love story between two good-looking movie stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 6, 2008
It's a compelling story, with only a few jarring notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
June 6, 2008
Too intense for kids but just right for sentimental, strong-stomachs adults who aren't too fussy about accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 6, 2008
The Children of Huang Shi is an engaging story and the film is beautiful to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2008
As predictable as it is picturesque, The Children of Huang Shi is one of those international co-productions full of good intentions and blandly polished results.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2008
Director Roger Spottiswoode uses the children and action sequences to good effect, but a lack of chemistry between Rhys Meyers and Mitchell makes the love story fizzle.
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