Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)

On a wintry Pacific Northwest island community in 1950, a quiet fisherman stands trial for murder. It looks like a straightforward case of cold-blooded homicide. But as the trial unfolds, the simple story of the man's death unravels… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 22, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Snow Falling on Cedars is beautiful to look at, critics say the story becomes dull and tedious to sit through.

Paul Clinton (

A visual and emotional feast.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

It's second to none in its ability to specify a world and immerse us in it.

Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Shot either in extreme, eye-swelling close-ups or in excessively composed, arty landscapes, I now know more about the blood vessels in these actors' noses than I care to.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Exceedingly blurred rendering of a simply told, artful novel.

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Todd McCarthy

Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good movie for adults and older teens.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pretty but chilly.

Robert Horton

Snow Falling is not a crowd-pleasing, or even audience-oriented, movie; it's a two-hour-plus mood piece.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... it powerfully re-creates the history, captures the essence of Guterson's characters, and carries us through hypnotized by breathtaking cinematography.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Beautiful performances, cinematography, editing, and score. BUT I must say watching this film again with a total paranoid cynic who doesn't think films… More
Steve K
Gorgeous cinematography. I enjoyed this.
Tom Ericksen
This is the first movie I've ever seen that addressed the issue of the Japanese internment during WWII (aside from the fleeting reference in Midway) -- It… More
Leigh Ryan
Nice film.
xGary Xx
When an american-japanese fisherman is accused of murdering an childhood friend in the shadow of WWII, Ethan Hawke finds himself trapped in a crisis of… More
Mike T.
This movie does minimal justice to a complex, interesting story that could have provided for a much more engaging viewing experience. Photographed with… More