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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 6, 2008
Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 22, 2008
A tale as ploddingly familiar as it is good-looking and worth telling.
May 20, 2008
Chow actually gets saddled with the line, 'You have to tell the world what's happening here,' which was hoary back when D.W. Griffith was making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2008
Like an eager frequent flyer, Western paternalism changes destinations but not its baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2008
There's a documentary on this very subject that's much better.
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.
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.
Nick Schager
May 23, 2008
A TV movie in disguise.
Sarah Boslaugh
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
David Stratton
The Australian
July 10, 2008
It is missing conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Bill Gibron
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
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 3, 2008
[Rhys-Meyers's performance is] the perfect microcosm for the entire film: capable but bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
June 12, 2008
Ah, white people. What can't they do?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press
May 21, 2008
A film whose gorgeous cinematography and endearing subject matter almost mask its mediocrity.
Prairie Miller
May 24, 2008
Breathtaking photography, but Hollywood's view of history as usual, no matter where on the planet, as mere backdrop for the personal lives of glamorous white people. Casablanca meets the white man's burden, and doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
Beth Accomando
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.
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Derek Elley
February 23, 2012
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