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  • 25
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Chronicle

    This version is a well-meant but corny distillation -- a whole lot of bombast and phony exaltation in the name of entertaining enrichment. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It saves its clunkiest scene for the finale. No fair telling, but the key words are "political," "propaganda," "outdoors" and "orphans." show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Introduces American audiences to Luo Yan, a charismatic Chinese-born actress now living in Los Angeles. She single-handedly nurtured this project to fruition, serving as producer, co-writer and star. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    It's loaded with -- scenery-chewing melodrama, cornball pidgin dialogue and syrupy music. show more

  • 30
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The locations and production design are breathtakingly beautiful. But though cast largely with Chinese actors, it was shot in English, which no doubt made business sense but almost certainly accounts for many truly awful performances. show more

  • 20
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground. show more

  • 40
    Paul Malcolm L.A. Weekly

    So many romantic cliches it's laughable. show more

  • 40
    Andy Klein New Times (L.A.)

    Has an awkwardness that defeats whatever emotional involvement it tries to achieve. show more

  • 30
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Yim's film is kneecapped by its soundtrack twice over. show more

  • 30
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Can never rise above the melodrama of a past era, despite a splendid, impassioned portrayal by Willem Dafoe and an affecting one by Luo Yan. show more

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