Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2005)

Dai Sijie directs Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise (The Little Chinese Seamstress), a film adaptation of his own best-selling autobiographical novel. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This delicately told fable about the power of literature is a lyrical delight.

Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Reader

The ethereal private moments and inspired passages are beautifully shot by Jean-Marie Dreujou, but Dai never quite organizes the material dramatically, and the tone is too often jagged and disruptive.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A nifty little film about the powers of culture and the humanities.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dullish though quite watchable lyrical coming-of-age love triangle drama set in the 1970s during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The film is episodic, and most of the scenes are evocative and charming.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[A] charmer.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Anyone expecting something either insightful or unusual will be disappointed.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

[A] tribute to the transforming power of books.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The movie may lose some of its bite when translated from page to screen, but it still delivers a valid message. When one of the boys starts reading good literature, life takes on new meaning.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

will appeal primarily to literary and artistic mentalities

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Set in 1971 communist China is the tale of two young men sent to live in the mountains to be "re-educated" as peasants in the Chairman Mao method.… More
Dannielle Albert
A coming-of-age story with breathtaking footage of a remote mountain village in China. It takes place during the Cultural Revolution and is about two friends… More
Jennifer Xu
As per usual in these types of films, it's beautiful but stunningly boring. But then again, so was the book.
Dimitris Springer
I was wooed by the call of the wild,oh the poetic motion and oh the indiscreet nature of the protagonists.Mesmerizing to the end of social inflation,the… More
Rico Zamora
I had read the book (on which this film is based) a few years back and thought it should be made into a movie. Well, it actually had been made into a f ilm. Now… More