The Children of Huang Shi Reviews

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July 30, 2018
The ability to mount staggering epics that seize both the heart and the head has apparently become a lost art in the 21st century.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
August 10, 2011
A disappointingly detached and tame film for such a subject matter.
September 18, 2009
February 13, 2009
...the film falls flat under the weight of its period-drama conventions and three performances that epitomize paycheck joylessness.
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.
October 18, 2008
Very pretty but very stiffly written, The Children of Huang Shi strives for epic canvases relaying an intimate story.
October 18, 2008
Though there are some powerful performances, notably those of Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, and some sweeping visuals, the movie feels melodramatic and overheated.
October 18, 2008
September 19, 2008
Nothing in this film is subtle or unexpected, and even the hero's several near-death experiences create no real tension
July 16, 2008
Perhaps it would have been wise for the director, Roger Spottiswoode, to make more efficient use of Chow Yun-fat, who shows up now and then as a resistance fighter.
July 10, 2008
It is missing conviction.
July 4, 2008
History is never easy to capture in a fiction film, especially with a war in the background. But you have to at least try to embrace the whole of it, not just tear off a convenient chunk. Real life is inconvenient; great movies still deal with it.
July 3, 2008
Unfortunately, like so many movies that celebrate a historical hero, Children is plagued by an overblown sense of its own importance.
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.
June 27, 2008
Director Roger Spottiswoode captures some gorgeous Chinese scenery, much of which is chewed by Rhys Meyers' histrionic performance.
June 26, 2008
Frankly, we'd much rather hear the stories of the orphans themselves.
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.
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.
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