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Memoirs of a Geisha Reviews

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December 23, 2005
On the surface, everything looks great, but look just below, and it all falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2005
I object to the movie not on sociological grounds but because I suspect a real geisha house floated on currents deeper and more subtle than the broad melodrama on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2005
... good-looking but not quite memorable ...
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2005
Golden's straightforwardly involving prose, while no great shakes, has been replaced by an extremely fussy affair that is, in effect, its own silk-wrapped pictorial novelization.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2005
If I wanted the story read to me, I would have bought the book on tape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2005
It's hard to get in the film more of a sense than merely skimming the surface.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 29, 2009
The screenplay was lacking, the characters not engaging, the story dragged on and no real insights on being a geisha. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 30, 2009
Titanic fraudulence
November 21, 2005
The filmmakers make characters crasser, ignore nuances within geisha tradition and give characters attitudes and dialogue highly unlikely for Depression-era Japan.
December 22, 2005
The clothes in Memoirs of a Geisha are pretty, the women are pretty, the snowstorms are pretty, and the trees are pretty (there's a bush that is the Catherine Zeta-Jones of shrubbery). But the story? Pretty dull.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 22, 2005
An exotic film that feels abbreviated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 8, 2005
the world of the film is so narrow that pre-occupation Japan looks like a feudal Disneyland, where everybody knew their place and the cherry blossoms were always falling
| Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2005
A very sterile film, one where we spend a great deal of time with the characters without ever getting to know them -- or, really, what the life of a geisha is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 27, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot.
December 1, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha builds a beautiful garden, then runs an interstate through it to let more people in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 8, 2005
Swathed in silk and longing (mostly for a bald guy called Oscar), the big-screen version of Memoirs of a Geisha arrives with good intentions firmly in place.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2005
All three acts suffer from sluggish momentum and weak endings.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2005
This is a movie for the ear and the eye, not the brain and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 9, 2005
With its gorgeous cinematography, costumes and production design, Geisha is a visual feast, but it lacks emotional heft and leaves the viewer strangely unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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