Ethan Mao
Ethan Mao (2004)

The product of a dysfunctional family takes unusual revenge on his parents in this drama. Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee) is a teenager living in a Los Angeles suburb with his straight-laced father (Raymond Ma), his new stepmother (Julia Nickson),… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler

Messy admixtures of drama and mockery crucially undermine pic's serious message.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Overly ambitious in its themes and crude in its execution.

Don Willmott

acting, directing, and production are all B to C level

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It builds tension gradually but surely to an exceptionally strong payoff.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Awkward dialogue, amateurist acting and uninspired direction.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

For a low-budget indie with no special effects, Ethan Mao is a treat to look at.

Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Nobody onscreen seems to realize that this deadeningly self-serious treatment of family dysfunction is so overwrought that it becomes a spot-on satire of low-budget ineptitude.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Even allowing for the burdens of low-budget filmmaking, Ethan Mao is little more than a revenge fantasy for anyone whose parents ever gave him or her a hard time.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Excellent drama, via Quentin Lee.

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