Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen)
Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen) (2010)

Two natural disasters frame a story of a mother, her children and a painful decision that scars them forever in this grand-scale drama from China. In 1976, Li Yuanni (Xu Fan) is living in the city of Tangshan with her two children, seven… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

Perfect hokum for those who don't mind having their heart strings strummed like a banjo.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Mimics the worst of Hollywood's excesses, pairing gratuitous shock with patriotism and a flood of tear-jerking moments calculated for awards bodies' consideration.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

There's no doubt about it: this film's an unashamed heart-wringer and a tear-jerker, but it packs an almighty punch and the CGI work at the very beginning, as Tangshan crumbles into nothingness, is impressive and pretty scary.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

The film may be a blunt instrument, but it's rarely maudlin -- the exception being the performance of Mr. Feng's wife, Fan Xu, as the long-suffering mother -- and is, on occasion, quite moving.

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Aftershock is a gruelling and sombre watch, occasionally over-wrought and melodramatic, yet an absorbing and thought-provoking insight into the consequences of human catastrophe.

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A very old-fashioned but stirring movie about family values, but not in the debased sense found on the Republican Party right. A gateway into the tastes and values of Chinese society unlike the typical Chinese film export geared to Western audiences.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

[An] involving, well-acted saga of a family torn apart by a devastating earthquake...

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It's schlock, but on such a grand scale that it's quite fun to allow yourself to be carried along on its tsunami of emotion.

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Clay Cane
BET.com

With nuanced performances, each moment rips with cinematic humanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A rather long, but well done, touching movie based around the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, China. Incredible story about the decisions a mother had to make in… More
Reza Mohseni
It's surprising that still in the year 2010 some directors use some poor and out dated ideas for making a movie.Aftershocks, Despite of its expensive look… More
Dead Angel
A really heart breaking movie. Performance of each character was really good. Made me sad to tell you the truth.
Caesar Mendez
Disaster movies tends to treat a natural disaster as the centerpiece or spectacle of the film. Forgetting to spend time exploring the human side of such an… More
familiar stranger
Tngsh?n Ddzhn (aka "Aftershock" or "Aftershocks"), dedicated to 240,000 victims of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, claims to commemorate… More
Cameron Johnson
In this, the explosive first major IMAX blockbuster outside of the United States, we behold... one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th century. Wow, when… More