80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Here is a film about Japan made by Americans, shot mostly in the U.S. and, of course, in English. Once you accept these compromises in the name of international filmmaking, none is a real deterrent to enjoying this lush period film.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The movie may be set in prewar Japan, but it's pure 1940s Hollywood. There's costume, pageantry, melodrama, the feeling of a sweeping epic without the bother of too much accuracy, equal doses of heartbreak and uplift.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Any doubts about three Chinese actresses speaking English with Japanese accents vanish in the face of their deeply felt performances and the world Marshall conjures with magical finesse.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There's no doubting that Memoirs of a Geisha is a lush motion picture, and it has much to recommend it, but this will not go down as one of the great screen romances of the 2000s.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film version of Memoirs of a Geisha is very like a geisha itself: a thing of exquisitely refined surfaces beneath which beats an ordinary heart.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Memoirs of a Geisha is like a sumptuous piece of silk: stunning yet ultimately flimsy. You wish it were more like a kimono, richly woven, multilayered and more substantial.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Not since "Snow Falling on Cedars" have I seen so pedigreed a lit-pic sit there like such an inert teapot, available only to be admired for its mysterious, ineffable Asian teapotness.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Too labored and cliched to incite passion in an audience.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Oh, what awful voices -- clumsy words as well as cheesy accents -- come out of the actors' mouths! Though I wanted to appreciate the human story, and the lavish spectacle, I couldn't get past the clangorous echoes of Charlie Chan.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A lush, lovely snooze-fest.
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54 out of 100
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