Memoirs of a Geisha Synopsis
An impoverished girl is sold into slavery and eventually earns fame as a renowned geisha.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

By Steven Rea
A lush, lovely snooze-fest.
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Memoirs of a Geisha

By jwelch5742
It was great film. This had great Art Direction, Costume Design, Cinematography and wonderful Original Score....

Five Word Review

By misscb
A Cultural War Time Film...

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Simply beautiful.

By BballBlonde
I read the book, but I think I like the movie better. They picked perfect actors for the roles. The visuals are fantastic! You really connect with what Chiyo is feeling. This is a must-see movie....

Flavored ice treat?

By Spartacus2000
This is an interesting original film, disturbing, stylish and lush for your eyes and ears. Film is a pre WW2 story about human trafficking, which at times gets lost in the beautiful costumes, movie...

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By critcallyme
geisha cultural drama set-during war-time...

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Rated PG-13 | For mature subject matter and some sexual content
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Gorgeous, but slow-moving and not meant for kids.
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