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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 17, 2011
This is not a great film. It is, however, sometimes a very good one, and it's always a joy to behold in visual terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 5, 2011
Hopelessly inert, even as it hops between modern, trendy Shanghai and rural 19th-century Hunan...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 5, 2011
Wayne Wang is perhaps best known for directing the lovely screen adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, but there's no joy to be found anywhere in this stately, stodgy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 4, 2011
Respectable but bland, with all the surface trappings of a meaningful prestige picture but none of the emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
August 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2011
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...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 2, 2011
A tear-jerking soap opera chick flick about love and loyalty
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 31, 2011
... stately, solemn and serious, but easier to admire than to enjoy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 30, 2011
Parallel stories from the past and the present are crosscut throughout this film, but rather than amplifying the dual tales' ramifications the technique only ups the film's turgidity quotient.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 29, 2011
It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 29, 2011
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.
Brian Orndorf
July 28, 2011
Wang's also made perhaps the most flavorless, outright boring picture of 2011, breaking down the plot into tiny, inert pieces of meaninglessness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 28, 2011
[Moves] the stick figures in its center through the motions of friendship without seeming to quite understand the actual reasons why we make those deep, abiding friendships in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dave White
July 28, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 28, 2011
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" wants to be "The Color Purple" in China, but it's really just a Lifetime Original Movie with subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Mohan
July 28, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
July 27, 2011
Some will argue that certain films should bypass theaters altogether and be released direct to video. I would've liked to see this go straight to book clubs.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 27, 2011
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 22, 2011
The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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