Snow Falling on Cedars
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Snow Falling On Cedars
Nine years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a small town in the Pacific Northwest still struggles with the troubling legacy of U.S. policies against Asian-Americans. In December 1950, just off the shores of San Piedro Island in Washington, a Japanese-American man named Kazuo Miyamoto (Rick Yune) stands accused of murder after his close friend Carl Heine (Eric Thal) is found drowned in icy waters. As the trial gets under way, with Alvin Hooks (James Rebhorn) prosecuting Kazuo and Nels Gudmundsson (Max Von Sydow) defending him, reporter Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke) covers the proceedings for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A visual and emotional feast."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Shot either in extreme, eye-swelling close-ups or in excessively composed, arty landscapes, I now know more about the blood vessels in these actors' noses than I care to."
‑ Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
"...the movie is, for the most part, just unreasonably dull."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You can't say the title for Snow Falling on Cedars is misleading. Because that's pretty much what you get."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Pretty but chilly."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Reveals itself with the complexity of a novel, holding its themes up to the light so that first one and then another aspect can be seen."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Good movie for adults and older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Badly hobbled by an over-emphasis upon cinematic technique that obliterates the emotional undertow of the story."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Crashes under the weight of its own ambitions."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"It's second to none in its ability to specify a world and immerse us in it."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"I found much of it as dispiriting as a museum tour conducted in soporific tones by an overexposed TV pundit."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"... it powerfully re-creates the history, captures the essence of Guterson's characters, and carries us through hypnotized by breathtaking cinematography."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Hicks and cinematographer Robert Richardson give this interdicted love affair an emotional immediacy with the sheer brute force of their images."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Wait 'till it comes out at the second runs or on video."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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