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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The drastic alterations to Lisa See's compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two women in 19th century China are unsettling, at least for fans of the original bestseller, and they detract a bit too much from the story See so artfully told.
It's produced by Wendi Murdoch, tiger wife of beleaguered mogul Rupert Murdoch, and defender of his pride from prank pies. The movie comes from a division of Rupert's empire. After Wendi's slap heard round the world, it's the least he could do.
There's a noble tale of sacrifice and love to be found somewhere here, but it's buried beneath endless shots of billowing silk, and long takes of the leads gazing soulfully as the same four bars of weepy music drone over and over...
In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.
There aren't enough movies about women's friendships. And there really aren't enough movies about women's friendships with all-Asian casts. So it's a bummer to report that this one's as terrible as it is.
The performances, often delivered for no good reason in awkwardly accented English, are almost universally wooden. And the film's overall message is an ode to sorority that's so saccharine as to be insulting.