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Shadow Magic Reviews

Top Critic
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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.
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
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 13, 2001
A pleasant but conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2001
Jared Harris and Xia Yu give appealingly energetic performances.
April 6, 2001
Gentle and easy to take.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 6, 2001
The film is often charming and sweet.
April 6, 2001
Evokes the dawn of cinema in China with much charm, humor and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 6, 2001
A sweet, sumptuous sonnet to film and its universal lure.
April 5, 2001
Plays like a Chinese Cinema Paradiso, full of feeling without succumbing to sentimentality.
April 5, 2001
It has a real sense of the wonder.
April 4, 2001
Properly picturesque but lacks subtlety and substance in blending Chinese and Western history, ideas, and cinematic conventions.