Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
Based on the autobiographical novel by Han Suyin, Love is a Many Splendored Thing was evocatively location-filmed in Hong Kong. Jennifer Jones plays Ms. Suyin, a Eurasian doctor and the widow of a Chinese general. She falls in love with American news correspondent Mark Elliot (William Holden), who unfortunately cannot obtain a divorce from his present wife. This, together with the disapproval of Dr. Suyin's tradition-bound relatives and Hong Kong's strict racial laws, forces the couple to carry on their romance in a clandestine fashion. The romance ends in tragedy, but with renewed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is the quintessence of a certain kind of 50s schlock."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"East meets West for some lush tripe based on a novel by Han Suyin, who had company in disliking it."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"This is basically a sappy story that does not hold up and that is so obviously designed to jerk tears that it seems more self-parody than love story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"William Holden again confirms my belief that he was terrible as a romantic lead."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It's an unusual picture shot against authentic Hong Kong backgrounds and offbeat in its treatment, yet as simple and moving a love story as has come along in many a moon."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Holden and Jones are so good together that it's easy to forget they did not get along behind the scenes. ... Still, they punch across the sweeping passion of this visually dynamic CinemaScope production."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It scratches at some surface truths."
‑ , Film4
"With an impotent screen play, it is no wonder that Mr. Holden and Miss Jones find themselves going around in narrowing circles, talking endlessly and holding hands."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Slushy but touching stuff and Jennifer Jones is full of charm."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Well acted by William Holden and Jennifer Jones, this interracial romance is a schmaltzy but enjoyable melodrama, and one of the 1950s blockbusters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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