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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan
In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a delicate, if sometimes disturbing, portrait of the enduring relationships that bond women together, out in theaters now."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Were it not for the slow pacing and the obviousness of message, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan would have been successful."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's a three-handkerchief weepie untainted by ugly politics."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Despite the unevenness, the sincerity of the work shines through."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Although it looks fantastic, it barely registers on an emotional level because it feels so dull and manipulative."
‑ Eric Melin,
"The whole looks lush, but it doesn't deliver as it should."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"It's a well shot film with beautiful cinematography, though it does feel a bit too constrained at times. But as beautiful as it was, the story and characters failed to grab me"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A from Hugh Jackman as a Mandarin-singing nightclub owner is about the only thing that livens up this generation-spanning tale of female friendship."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Here is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
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