63

Washington Post

It's a grim tale, and Back to 1942 doesn't pretend otherwise.
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50

Slant Magazine

In painting a large-scale tableaux of the Henan disaster, Feng Xiaogang has inevitably been forced to sacrifice the specificity and focus on individual characterization that are generally so important for allowing the viewer a point of entry into such an important piece of history.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts.
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50

Variety

Shifting between individual suffering (performed, not felt) and extended political and business deliberations, the picture displays its budget but not its heart.
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40

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
It catalogs agony without making you feel it.
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40

Los Angeles Times

Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive.
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41 out of 100
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