Snow Flower And The Secret Fan
Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011)

In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leah Rozen

An ever-so-tasteful, watered-down and unnecessarily-improved-upon adaptation of Lisa See's bestselling 2005 novel of the same name.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a delicate, if sometimes disturbing, portrait of the enduring relationships that bond women together, out in theaters now.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The drastic alterations to Lisa See's compelling novel about the lifelong friendship between two women in 19th century China are unsettling, at least for fans of the original bestseller, and they detract a bit too much from the story See so artfully told.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" aims for the heartstrings and only strikes a few notes.

Michael Dequina

Despite the unevenness, the sincerity of the work shines through.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's a coordinated, stylish dance, but the steps are awfully familiar.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

The film is visually sumptuous but emotionally inert. It never draws in the viewer.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's a well shot film with beautiful cinematography, though it does feel a bit too constrained at times. But as beautiful as it was, the story and characters failed to grab me

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I read the book a long time ago, but I still remember bits and pieces. This story nicely depicts that book, in my opinion. No movie can EVER completely follow a… More
Walter M.
On the eve of Sebastian(Archie Kao) and Nina(Bingbing Li) moving to New York for work, Nina receives news that Sophia(Gianna Jun), an old friend she had met as… More
Tired of Previews
Directed by Wayne Wang, IDG China Media & Fox Searchlight Productions, 2011. Starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun and Hugh Jackman. Genre: Drama, History… More
Dannielle Albert
With a name like "Snow Flower And The Secret Fan," I just had to see this movie! I'm very glad I did. I'm surprised 80% of critics… More
Bruce Bruce
For Me to review this film isn't fair as its an Asian chick flick, so my rating would be much lower then most females. It is a interesting story about two… More
Panta Oz
Only four people on Tuesday afternoon in Xi'an cinema wasn't a good sign for heavily advertised movie in China. I am glad that wasn't a sign of… More