Ethan Mao
Ethan Mao (2004)

The product of a dysfunctional family takes unusual revenge on his parents in this drama. Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) is a teenager living in a Los Angeles suburb with his straight-laced father (Raymond Ma), his new stepmother (Julia Nickson),… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler
Variety

Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Overly ambitious in its themes and crude in its execution.

Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

acting, directing, and production are all B to C level

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It builds tension gradually but surely to an exceptionally strong payoff.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Awkward dialogue, amateurist acting and uninspired direction.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

For a low-budget indie with no special effects, Ethan Mao is a treat to look at.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Even allowing for the burdens of low-budget filmmaking, Ethan Mao is little more than a revenge fantasy for anyone whose parents ever gave him or her a hard time.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Excellent drama, via Quentin Lee.

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