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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Reviews

October 7, 2011
An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name.
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
July 29, 2011
It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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
July 22, 2011
The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2011
It's the No-Joy, Bad-Luck Club.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
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
July 21, 2011
Bears little resemblance to the book, and even less resemblance to a good movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 21, 2011
A story of much visual grace and, sadly, considerable narrative awkwardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | 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 21, 2011
As movies about female bonding go, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" is thin tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
July 15, 2011
[A] confusing time-travelling tale that uses Lisa See's 2005 bestseller of the same name to fuel cheap sentiment and a jumbled story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2011
Whatever passion might have been here to begin with never made it to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 15, 2011
Its story-within-a-story - a tale of two laotong, or soul sisters, in oppressive mid-1800s China - is gorgeous but simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 15, 2011
You're advised to bring a hankie or two should you venture forth to see the tearjerker "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 14, 2011
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" has such seriousness and purpose behind it that for 10 or 15 minutes it could be mistaken for a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 14, 2011
Perhaps this was intended to draw the largely female crossover audience that went to Joy Luck Club. But the dual stories don't mesh well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 14, 2011
For those who may have wondered if foot binding, wife beating and a crooning Hugh Jackman could fit into one movie, here's the short answer: no.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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 14, 2011
What should be a moving testament to the enduring friendship between two Chinese women instead plays like a bewildering apologia for co-dependency issues.
July 14, 2011
An emotionally powerful tale of two sets of Chinese women in two different centuries.
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 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+
July 13, 2011
The trouble is that the modern story whipped up for "Snow Flower" isn't very compelling. Yet it dominates the movie, continually oozing back in just as the period drama is getting interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 13, 2011
Feels less like an attempt to broaden the book's horizons than to cash in on Joy's cross-generational appeal while doubling down on cheap-shot melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 12, 2011
As the parallel friendships evolve over time, both push and pull between platonic and erotic; it's to the film's credit that it never definitively suggests that love can only be one or the other.