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Snow Falling on Cedars Reviews

Top Critic
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars is a motion picture of great thematic and visual richness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A visual and emotional feast.
January 1, 2000
Pretty but chilly.
January 1, 2000
Prettily photographed yet morbidly gloomy.
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars makes its most powerful impression in totally silent stretches.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Snow fails as both mystery and star-crossed romance.
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
A disappointment.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Hicks determinedly neglects almost every other narrative element for the sake of atmosphere, a decision that robs the film of almost everything that made Guterson's story compelling.
January 1, 2000
The actors are valiant, but not bulletproof against the screenplay's almost obsessive romanticism.
January 1, 2000
Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Plodding and self-serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It's second to none in its ability to specify a world and immerse us in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars has to fight to hold our attention and it doesn't always succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars is very rarely dull, very often poetic.
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling is not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Dramatically inert.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
If ever there was an example of a director's getting in the way of a story, this is it.
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
Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
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
For all his artistic overkill, Hicks fails at the thing that made Shine a winner: he fails to make us care.
January 1, 2000
I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit.