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Shadow Magic Reviews

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June 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 17, 2001
In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.
Read More | Original Score: 76/100
June 29, 2001
Despite the fact that it's occasionally corny, Shadow Magic is also so low-key and so charming that you might not care.
June 15, 2001
Some of the hostile reactions to Wallace and his movie machine may seem heavy-handed, but the film reminds us that China had been exploited by Western culture, making the opposition a bit more palatable.
June 11, 2001
Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2001
resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm
| Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2001
Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.
May 17, 2001
Gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to be mesmerized and seduced by images that still convey magic and mystery.
May 7, 2001
A sweet evocation of a world on the verge of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 4, 2001
Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.
April 27, 2001
Xia gives Jinglun an earnest likability.
April 27, 2001
There is a humane touch here missing from so many modern movies.
April 20, 2001
It's a film about film, and Hu's love of the medium's storytelling power shines through every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2001
Sumptuous, warm, continually amazing, it's a completely enjoyable couple of hours at the flickers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 20, 2001
Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.
April 20, 2001
The film is at its best as a document of a changing culture and also as a loving essay on the power of cinema.
April 20, 2001
Charming if sometimes clumsy.
April 13, 2001
The film never quite builds the compulsive emotional power it needs to be an unforgettable personal drama. But it's full of other good stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 13, 2001
It's predictable, sentimental, and more than a little nostalgic. Yet it's also quite endearing, growing on you like a warm, fuzzy, fungus until you're overpowered by its affection and innocence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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