Pavilion of Women
Pavilion of Women (2001)

A woman defies convention to find happiness, only to discover the costs are greater than she imagined in this drama based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck. In 1938, with Communist rebels on the rise in China and Imperial Japan intent upon… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 4, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Generating more suds than a soap opera, this adaptation of Pearl Buck's novel sinks under the weight of excess melodrama, stilted performances, and cheesy dialogue.

Robert Koehler

In many ways, this is the East Asian equivalent of the old Europudding productions, where international players have created something that's more cacaphonous than melodious.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

An instant antique.

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Michael Dequina

The only importance anyone is likely to associate with this overblown melodrama is self-importance.

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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

The backdrop of exotic pagodas and wartime woe isn't nearly potent enough to buoy the feeble drama that plays out in the foreground.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Suggests a sudsy version of The King and I without forceful personalities or fancy production numbers.

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Christopher Null

Melancholy and plodding.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Despite solid performances and handsome production values, the picture ultimately feels like secondhand goods that have been refurbished for North American consumption.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Gets bogged down in enough 'event' to choke a miniseries.

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Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

You have to wonder why this film has been targeted at American audiences at all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
A beautiful movie! Love John Cho in this!! Willem Dafoe gives an interesting performance as a foreigner in love with a wife from a noble Chinese family.… More