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Shadow Magic Reviews

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May 18, 2001
Why not trust the subject matter instead of shaping it all to fit a formula?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 31, 2001
What an unremarkable movie this is.
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 17, 2001
What makes Shadow Magic a mixed bag, both emotionally and thematically, is its burden of debt to mass appeal.
March 7, 2001
Obviously a labor of love for the director, but it fails to stoke imagination.
March 29, 2001
The characters are wholly lacking in any real depth, each possessing but a single scripted personality trait.
April 4, 2001
Properly picturesque but lacks subtlety and substance in blending Chinese and Western history, ideas, and cinematic conventions.
April 5, 2001
Hu seems content to make a rather quaint historical object and bathe it in a golden, nostalgic glow rather than deeply probe her loaded material.
April 6, 2001
Interesting story. Too bad this movie takes that premise and purees it into a mushy East-meets-West tale of conflict, prejudice and personal triumph.
April 6, 2001
It's a shame that it has to be burdened with such a tepid plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2001
A pleasant but conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2001
There is, alas, quite a lot of pidgin drama and comedy.
Top Critic
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 11, 2001
Hu's affection is contagious, and there are wonderful moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
April 5, 2001
A delightful tribute to the marvels and the magic of cinema.
June 5, 2001
resonates with modern values but maintains its old world charm
| Original Score: 3/4
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