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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
July 22, 2011
The constant cutting between the two stories, and the inexplicable scrambling of chronology within the stories, also become annoying and impedes the ability of either story to really build emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
July 22, 2011
The film features two of the least effective lead performances of the year, which keeps the audience from engaging in the story emotionally and just leaves them wondering how this book became a bestseller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 22, 2011
Power of Friendship Blossoms in 'Flower'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 22, 2011
It's the No-Joy, Bad-Luck Club.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 22, 2011
Like his old-time Hollywood predecessors, Wang goes for big-hearted, over-the-top emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2011
I think even rabid fans of the book will be disappointed.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
July 21, 2011
Emphasizes melodrama over character development, until the proceedings feel like a rabbit hole of misfortune.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 21, 2011
Once we've quickly digested the fortune-cookie message that modern women are as bound by obligations as their grandmothers were, all we can savor is the scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 21, 2011
Bears little resemblance to the book, and even less resemblance to a good movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2011
A story of much visual grace and, sadly, considerable narrative awkwardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 21, 2011
All the two actresses do is gaze out of apartment and carriage windows, through floorboards, into each other's eyes, and, once, while wishfully wearing a man's suit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 21, 2011
An old-fashioned two-silk-hanky costumed weepy.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 21, 2011
A maudlin, meandering soap opera that traverses nearly two hundred years bluntly--and boringly--making the same obvious point over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 21, 2011
The film version of "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" proceeds as if willed into being by a particularly misguided "question for discussion," the kind you'd find at the tail end of a bestseller's paperback edition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 21, 2011
As movies about female bonding go, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" is thin tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
July 20, 2011
Wang, back in Joy Luck Club territory, serves up melodrama without smothering substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
July 19, 2011
Overall it's a very competent film, but kept me at a distance and never got very engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
July 19, 2011
Visually, the film is a treat with Richard Wong's cinematography equally evocative at capturing the pastoral beauty and slower rhythms of rural 19th century China and the urban splendor and bustle of today's Shanghai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 15, 2011
The juxtaposition of stories about women in old and new China may have been intended to widen the audience for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but all it does is lose the heart and pathos of See's novel in a jumbled mess.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 15, 2011
Female friendship and loyalty are at the heart of Snow Flower And The Secret Fan. Too bad that's all but buried by the pile-on of events that connects women from different eras across time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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