The Children of Huang Shi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Xiaoding Zhao's cinematography is splendid, Roger Spottiswoode's direction is workmanlike.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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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
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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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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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 23, 2008
Roger Spottiswoode directs with old-fashioned style, avoiding the saccharine with realistic depictions of a war-ravaged China (where he filmed) and a cast well versed in stiff-upper-lip.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 23, 2008
It's a polished, beautifully shot story, and it acknowledges the messiness of real life. But like real life, it's often baffling and frustrating.
| Original Score: B-
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
May 23, 2008
A gripping melodrama with great historical import that also manages to foreshadow the contemporary zeitgeist of our present day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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