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The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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June 6, 2008
Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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.
May 22, 2008
Like an eager frequent flyer, Western paternalism changes destinations but not its baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 27, 2008
There's a documentary on this very subject that's much better.
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.
February 13, 2009
...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness.
May 23, 2008
A TV movie in disguise.
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
July 10, 2008
It is missing conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2008
[Rhys-Meyers's performance is] the perfect microcosm for the entire film: capable but bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 18, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 12, 2008
Ah, white people. What can't they do?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 21, 2008
A film whose gorgeous cinematography and endearing subject matter almost mask its mediocrity.
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.
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.
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