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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

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November 3, 2011
Visual flourishes aren't enough to detract from a confused plot and mawkishly sentimental overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
July 13, 2011
Sadly, rather than melding the best of two worlds, the film only takes the worst of their soap operas.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 3, 2011
This rich weave of eras looks pretty, but plays to an exoticised vision of old-world China, even as it demystifies the excruciating custom of foot-binding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2011
A portrait of female fidelity that ranges across centuries and social classes, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is sad, sumptuous fluff with a refined literary pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
July 27, 2011
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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-
September 1, 2011
Sisters-for-life torn apart in schmaltzy Chinese melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2011
As movies about female bonding go, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" is thin tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
July 14, 2011
While the action flashes back and forth in increments of centuries, years or months, we're adrift in the here and now, trying to get a grip on the characters and their relationships, yet finding it loosened with every new dislocation.
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.
August 26, 2011
A grandly appointed disappointment.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 13, 2011
I briefly felt bad when the film, in its first five minutes, knocked Sophie into a coma. But I felt even worse 10 minutes later: Dear reader, I envied her.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
July 12, 2011
This clumsy adaptation of Lisa See's popular novel may not be the biggest problem Rupert Murdoch's got on his plate, but it sure isn't going to help things, either.
July 15, 2011
Wang ... needlessly pads the movie with heart-tugging gimmicks and canned melodrama that undercuts its raw impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 14, 2011
Aims for The Joy Luck Club's crossover appeal but ends up stilted and emotionally remote.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 21, 2011
I think even rabid fans of the book will be disappointed.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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