Snow Falling on Cedars
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Snow Falling on Cedars
On a wintry Pacific Northwest island community in 1950, a quiet fisherman stands trial for murder. It looks like a straightforward case of cold-blooded homicide. But as the trial unfolds, the simple story of the man's death unravels into a deeply haunting mystery and an extraordinary tale about the persistence of hate and the power of love.

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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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