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Pavilion of Women Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
May 4, 2001
Buck would have been proud of Pavilion of Women.
Michael Dequina
September 17, 2005
The only importance anyone is likely to associate with this overblown melodrama is self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
May 17, 2002
Melancholy and plodding.
| Original Score: 2/5
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide
February 8, 2002
You have to wonder why this film has been targeted at American audiences at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
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Robert Koehler
June 11, 2001
In many ways, this is the East Asian equivalent of the old Europudding productions, where international players have created something that's more cacaphonous than melodious.
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
May 23, 2001
Suffers from predictable plotting that occasionally heats to a soap-opera boil.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
May 17, 2001
The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 11, 2001
Even with the brilliant, Oscar-nominated Willem DaFoe in its cast, this movie amounts to nothing more than a waste of two hours.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001
Despite solid performances and handsome production values, the picture ultimately feels like secondhand goods that have been refurbished for North American consumption.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
May 4, 2001
An instant antique.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
May 4, 2001
Suggests a sudsy version of The King and I without forceful personalities or fancy production numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 4, 2001
Gets bogged down in enough 'event' to choke a miniseries.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2001
A whole lot of bombast and phony exaltation in the name of entertaining enrichment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rod Armstrong
May 4, 2001
Viewers have to wade through many embarrassing moments (and performances).
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
May 4, 2001
All the peripheral drama in the world can't generate interest in a film with so little sense of melodramatic proportion.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 4, 2001
Its clumsiness turns it, against its best intentions, into half-baked operatic kitsch.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 4, 2001
Loaded with ... scenery-chewing melodrama, cornball pidgin dialogue and syrupy music.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2001
Plays as little more than a dated potboiler for all its backdrop of impending chaos and wrenching change.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dave White
May 4, 2001
It's stiff and soggy at the same time, and Dafoe's priest-as-Superman performance is unintentionally funny.
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