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Memoirs of a Geisha
In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The subject remained interesting enough to this provincial American to accept and ultimately enjoy the film's well-worn romanticism, even with its resignedly tired happy ending."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"... a fascinating glimpse at a lost world of women with skin of porcelain and spines of steel, and the men in their thrall."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Titanic fraudulence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Director Rob Marshall has a sophomore flop on his hands."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"The overall effect is not so unlike Mameha's description of geisha themselves: a moving work of art."
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"... the movie is a well-meaning, vaporous bore, enlivened only by occasional traces of Showgirls-style camp and plasticine tears trickling down impeccably powdered cheeks."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's lush, stylish and a feast for the eyes and ears rather than the heart and soul."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"For all of its inaccuracies and over-the-top mise-en-scne, Memoirs is quite entertaining."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"As authentic as cheeseburger teriyaki."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Ultimately, Memoirs of a Geisha compares unfavorably with the book, though it offers pleasures of its own."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It is a lush, blushingly romantic portrait of Asian culture as seen through a Western lens."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The screenplay was lacking, the characters not engaging, the story dragged on and no real insights on being a geisha. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"...the film's achievements lie mostly on the surface, rather than underneath it."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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