China: The Panda Adventure
China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

In this visually striking tale of adventure, Ruth (Maria Bello) is an American widow who during the 1930s travels to China in hopes of making her late husband's dream a reality by bringing Chinese pandas to the United States. Ruth is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 9, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

[Young] occasionally mines the IMAX cliches ... but more often he delivers unforgettable images of China.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

So much care has been lavished on the lush, vivid cinematography that very little seems to have been left over for such picayune matters as script continuity, plausible dialogue, coherent editing and acting.

Staci Layne Wilson

Pretty pandas, and Maria Bello: Good. Movie, so-so.

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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Gives only glimpses of the potential for dynamic storytelling many have longed for in an Imax film.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

[Young] knows what's important in an IMAX movie and makes certain that the vastness and beauty of China are matched by the pandas' lovable quotient.

Gerry Shamray
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Each stunning scene is a delicious sight, filled with gorgeous, lush landscapes. . .Just open your eyes and say, "A-a-a-ah."

Robert Koehler

Despite being helmed by Robert M. Young, who knows more than a bit about docus and drama, China immediately plays as a wooden period piece.

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

If you can ignore the cookie-cutter story and wooden characters and focus instead on the natural wonders that are passing us by as we travel up the Yangtze, chances are good that you won't be disappointed.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Imax Corp. has been struggling in the last year, and "China: The Panda Adventure" illustrates one reason why.

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