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Snow Falling on Cedars Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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January 1, 2000
A visual and emotional feast.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Pretty but chilly.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 1, 2000
Prettily photographed yet morbidly gloomy.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars makes its most powerful impression in totally silent stretches.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Snow fails as both mystery and star-crossed romance.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Thomas
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
A disappointment.
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lawrence Terenzi
Mr. Showbiz
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.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The actors are valiant, but not bulletproof against the screenplay's almost obsessive romanticism.
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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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Plodding and self-serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
It's second to none in its ability to specify a world and immerse us in it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling on Cedars is very rarely dull, very often poetic.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Snow Falling is not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
If ever there was an example of a director's getting in the way of a story, this is it.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
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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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
For all his artistic overkill, Hicks fails at the thing that made Shine a winner: he fails to make us care.