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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    You can be 100 percent in favor of rescuing adorable orphans from war-torn zones and still find The Children of Huang Shi a tough haul. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Sometimes the most compelling real-life stories make better documentaries than dramas. Such would seem to be the case with The Children of Huang Shi. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Never achieves the David Lean style of epic it aims for - exterior vistas and interior dramas - but it has two charismatic performances, beautiful Chinese locations and an admirable lack of sentimentality. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Full of incident but nearly devoid of dramatic tension, The Children of Huang Shi is a based-on-fact saga that has lost much of its power on the long road to the screen. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tells an engrossing story of a remarkable man, but nevertheless it's underwhelming. Dramatic and romantic tension never coil very tightly, as the film settles into a contented pace. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This formulaic adventure pays tribute to George Hogg, a true hero largely forgotten everywhere but China, where a statue of him now stands -- a rare honor for a westerner. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    What ought to be the pinnacle of the story - the orphans' odds-defying 500-mile march over snow-covered mountains toward the relative safety of the Mongolian desert - is shunted toward the end of the film and compressed to a near-footnote. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding manages some lovely images, and some of Spottiswoode’s compositions remind you he's capable of fine work. But Hogg never comes to life, on the page or on the screen. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    One of those international co-productions full of good intentions and blandly polished results. show more

  • 38
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Beautiful but boring. show more

  • February 17, 2009 Bellehare9
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    Visually stunning - but weak in continuity. I'm not sure whether to blame it on the scriptwriting or the editing - but it feel like there are many large gaps where the story just skips and you wonder if you missed something somehow. That also results in poor character development - no momentum in building characters (or perhaps just too much editing). I didn't feel any chemistry between the 2 main players.

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  • June 21, 2008 DLinderHaus
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    The two weaknesses of this film were Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who is a one-tune actor and is still apparently playing Henry the 8th...(seriously overacted many of the personal scenes)...and the cutting of the film, the Chinese-Australian-German team leaving us often with plot confusions. However, the action, the handling of the horrible destruction in Nanking, the Chinese countryside, the journey over the mountains and the amazing scenes of the Silk Road were magnificent. And who wouldn't see any movie with Chow Yun-Fat in it?

  • June 08, 2008 CherWeeber
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    loved the movie. loved the scenery acting and story. go see it.

  • June 07, 2008 Duke de WF
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    A surprisingly delightful movie. Epic in proportion. Could have been the Chinese version of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, except it was an Englishman leading a group of Chinese orphans.

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