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Shadow Magic Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2001
Why not trust the subject matter instead of shaping it all to fit a formula?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2001
A pleasant but conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 6, 2001
Jared Harris and Xia Yu give appealingly energetic performances.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 6, 2001
Gentle and easy to take.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 6, 2001
The film is often charming and sweet.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2001
Evokes the dawn of cinema in China with much charm, humor and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 6, 2001
A sweet, sumptuous sonnet to film and its universal lure.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
April 5, 2001
Plays like a Chinese Cinema Paradiso, full of feeling without succumbing to sentimentality.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
April 5, 2001
It has a real sense of the wonder.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
April 4, 2001
Properly picturesque but lacks subtlety and substance in blending Chinese and Western history, ideas, and cinematic conventions.