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Based on 6 Reviews
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  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts. show more

  • 63
    Washington Post

    It's a grim tale, and Back to 1942 doesn't pretend otherwise. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    In painting a large-scale tableaux of the Henan disaster, Feng Xiaogang has inevitably been forced to sacrifice the specificity and focus on individual characterization that are generally so important for allowing the viewer a point of entry into such an important piece of history. show more

  • 50

    Shifting between individual suffering (performed, not felt) and extended political and business deliberations, the picture displays its budget but not its heart. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive. show more

  • 40
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    It catalogs agony without making you feel it. show more

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