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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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June 27, 2008
Director Roger Spottiswoode captures some gorgeous Chinese scenery, much of which is chewed by Rhys Meyers' histrionic performance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 26, 2008
Its wartime, period and regional production values are persuasive, the character is larger than life and the climax is sobering.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2008
Frankly, we'd much rather hear the stories of the orphans themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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-
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
June 15, 2008
What should be a moving story is ruined by hideous acting and sloppy filmmaking.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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."
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 12, 2008
Ah, white people. What can't they do?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
June 9, 2008
Clearly made with the best of intentions but never anything but boring.
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.
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
June 6, 2008
It's a compelling story, with only a few jarring notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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