33 Postcards
33 Postcards (2013)

For ten years, Chinese orphan Mei Mei (Zhu Lin) dreams of meeting her Australian sponsor - Dean Randall (Guy Pearce) - and his 'perfect family'. When her orphanage travels to Australia to attend the Australian Choir Festival, Mei… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2013
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Innocence meets experience, unconvincingly, in the strained redemption drama "33 Postcards."

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There's no explaining the presence of Guy Pearce in Pauline Chan's sappy, atonal family drama. But it's easy enough to understand why he looks so uncomfortable throughout.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Great Aussie crime thriller droops at the end but pulls through thanks to Guy Pearce.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Were it not for the staccato bursts of violence, this Chinese-Australian co-production about how an adorable orphan brings love into the life of a hardened convict would feel like a film from Hayley Mills' heyday.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

A clunky hybrid-half feel-good weepie, half preposterous thriller-that functions primarily as an elaborate travel brochure ...

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David Noh
Film Journal International

The "oh-so-innocent waif and big old baddie" odd-couple formula dates back to D.W. Griffith, but this muddled effort does nothing to merit its questionable revival.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It's all in the name of heartstring tugging, and the film, directed by Pauline Chan ("Little White Lies"), does that pretty well.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Just when you think it can't get any more sentimental or tack on any more plot detours, the film attempts a clumsy cultural détente as the Chinese children's choir sings "Waltzing Matilda."

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Jamie S. Rich

The film has a few good story turns up its sleeve, but prepare yourself for heavy melodrama in the third act.

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