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Shadow Magic Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
September 17, 2001
In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.
| Original Score: 76/100
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 11, 2001
Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 5, 2001
resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm
| Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
May 17, 2001
Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 7, 2001
A sweet evocation of a world on the verge of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Boston Globe
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.
Barry Johnson
April 27, 2001
Xia gives Jinglun an earnest likability.
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Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
April 27, 2001
There is a humane touch here missing from so many modern movies.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2001
Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 20, 2001
Charming if sometimes clumsy.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
Tor Thorsen
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Elizabeth Wright
Senses of Cinema
November 26, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 23, 2001
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
October 30, 2001
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