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The Children of Huang Shi

Rated R for some disturbing and violent content.

R In Theaters 05/23/2008 , 125min.
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71%
Viewer score based on 9 ratings
49%
Critic score based on 22 reviews

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February 17, 2009
Bellehare9
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
July 11, 2008
EdwLzz
WORTH SEEING!!
June 21, 2008
DLinderHaus
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
June 08, 2008
CherWeeber
loved the movie. loved the scenery acting and story. go see it.
June 07, 2008
Duke de WF
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.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Washington Post
The best thing about "Children" is the cinematography by Zhao Xiaoding ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers"), which is so distracting because it so out-classes the rest of the movie. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
If you can get past the Eurocentric focus, there are worse ways to pass the time than to see The Children of Huang Shi, if only because the glimpse into the time and place are captivating and the images are gorgeous. Full Review
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. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Roger Spottiswoode directs with old-fashioned style, avoiding the saccharine with realistic depictions of a war-ravaged China (where he filmed) and a cast well versed in stiff-upper-lip. Full Review
John Anderson
Washington Post
The best thing about "Children" is the cinematography by Zhao Xiaoding ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers"), which is so distracting because it so out-classes the rest of the movie. Full Review

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