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Snow Falling on Cedars Reviews

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
July 5, 2011
Shot either in extreme, eye-swelling close-ups or in excessively composed, arty landscapes, I now know more about the blood vessels in these actors' noses than I care to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Good movie for adults and older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... it powerfully re-creates the history, captures the essence of Guterson's characters, and carries us through hypnotized by breathtaking cinematography.
| Original Score: B+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 12, 2002
...the movie is, for the most part, just unreasonably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Badly hobbled by an over-emphasis upon cinematic technique that obliterates the emotional undertow of the story.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 23, 2001
Hicks and cinematographer Robert Richardson give this interdicted love affair an emotional immediacy with the sheer brute force of their images.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars is a motion picture of great thematic and visual richness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Reveals itself with the complexity of a novel, holding its themes up to the light so that first one and then another aspect can be seen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean P. Means
January 1, 2000
For all his artistic overkill, Hicks fails at the thing that made Shine a winner: he fails to make us care.
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling is not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Triumphs on nearly every level.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A great looking film.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 1, 2000
Intelligent, balanced, and intriguing.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Everything seemed so mechanical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cornell & Petricelli
January 1, 2000
On an emotional level, Snow Falling on Cedars struck us deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
It's beautiful -- but boring.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Scott Hicks's loud, bustling direction ensures there's no shortage of activity in his adaptation of Snow Falling on Cedars, but the inertia at the core of the movie is unmistakable.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie equivalent of a glossy, well-designed coffee table book.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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