Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Less nuanced than its source material, Memoirs of a Geisha may be a lavish production, but it still carries the simplistic air of a soap opera.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The subject remained interesting enough to this provincial American to accept and ultimately enjoy the film's well-worn romanticism, even with its resignedly tired happy ending.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

... a fascinating glimpse at a lost world of women with skin of porcelain and spines of steel, and the men in their thrall.

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Fernando F. Croce

Titanic fraudulence

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

... the movie is a well-meaning, vaporous bore, enlivened only by occasional traces of Showgirls-style camp and plasticine tears trickling down impeccably powdered cheeks.

Simon Weaving

It's lush, stylish and a feast for the eyes and ears rather than the heart and soul.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately, Memoirs of a Geisha compares unfavorably with the book, though it offers pleasures of its own.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It is a lush, blushingly romantic portrait of Asian culture as seen through a Western lens.

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Paul Chambers

The screenplay was lacking, the characters not engaging, the story dragged on and no real insights on being a geisha. Paul Chambers, CNN.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhes
The visuals and technical aspects are indeed splendid; but the flawed narrative, though enjoyable to follow during most of the time, seems like a cheap… More
Alex roy
Having read the book, I found that the film version of Memoirs of a Geisha was a near flawless film with an incredible story. This film is the perfect example… More
Spencer S.
Taking on an immense time period and a form of culture that has never been appropriately touched upon, this film does a lot with the book it's based on,… More
xGary Xx
Memoirs Of A Geisha follows the life of a girl sold by her family from a poor fishing village into servitude in a geisha house. Looking like a who's who of… More
Letitia Lew
Gorgeous movie.
Wahida K
Ziya Zhang is very talented Actress. I have seen many of her Asian Movies before Steven Spielberg discovered her. Who ever thought? Memoirs of Geisha moved me… More