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Snow Falling on Cedars Reviews

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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
January 1, 2000
While there is undoubtedly a fine movie to be made from Snow Falling on Cedars, this version, despite some of the acting and the photography, is not it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
January 1, 2000
Too faithful to the many time shifts, plot points and layered meanings of David Guterson's best-selling novel, robbing the movie of dramatic tension.
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Everything seemed so mechanical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 21, 2002
Badly hobbled by an over-emphasis upon cinematic technique that obliterates the emotional undertow of the story.
January 1, 2000
A film that exploits its cinematic strengths -- exquisite photography, manipulative music, and a fractured narrative style -- at the expense of honest storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Dramatically inert.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
January 1, 2000
The film seems to be the work of a visual pack rat, stitched together in a feat of manic, roving impressionism that is much too polite to acknowledge the presence of anger.
January 1, 2000
Casting Hawke as Ishmael Chambers in a mediocre movie version of Snow Falling on Cedars is pretty much the kiss of death.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit.
January 1, 2000
Snow fails as both mystery and star-crossed romance.
February 28, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 12, 2002
...the movie is, for the most part, just unreasonably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
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