Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Synopsis
In 19th-century China, two women develop a code with which to communicate in their rigid society.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
So strong are the emotions - and, yes, the melodrama - that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan represents one of Wang's best films to date.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The connection between the two time frames and stories (the contemporary one with the addition of screenwriters) is flimsy as a frayed rope...
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan moves slowly, languidly; its art direction is often lovely, and despite their truncated screen time Lily and...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
To invoke Pauline Kael's review of Diane Kurys's "Entre Nous," it's about two women not having a lesbian affair.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's hard to tell whether this is a tribute to female solidarity or a lamentation.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
While the action flashes back and forth in increments of centuries, years or months, we're adrift in the here and now, trying to get a grip...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The lesson of the lovely-looking, but disappointing, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is avoid tinkering too much with a novelist's work.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unfortunately, its present-day tale, involving a career woman seeking to mend her 20-year bond with a girlfriend injured in an accident, is...
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Entertainment Weekly

Sadly, rather than melding the best of two worlds, the film only takes the worst of their soap operas.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This latest from director Wayne Wang, about the friendship of two young women, travels from 2011 to 1997 to 1829 to 1838, in search of a...
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By norah1012
Sad movie but very good...

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

By carlyh88
Loved the book and the movie though it might have been better if the movie eliminated the modern track of the story and stuck to the original story in the book... enjoyed seeing sexy Hugh Jackman....

Visually Beautiful, Worth Seeing.....

By Alon Patterson
I liked this film, although I admit it probably wouldn't appeal to the broader film audience here in the U.S. If only more American films were photographed as professionally as this. The whole...

I want my two hours back

By jodie_e_a
Seeing a film after reading the book is almost always somewhat disappointing. I expected that the movie would not be as good as the book but I didn't expect it to be as awful as it was. This movie...

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

By MzQwality
This is one of the most touching films that I have seen in some time. Definitively a must watch!...

Not even CLOSE to as good as the book

By dmaslyn
I loved this book and was sad that the movie just didn't measure up. (For a movie that DID measure up to the book, see "The Help"!). Some of the sets seem super fake. The long drawn out shot of...

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

By lrepstein
Somewhat of a different story than the book, but it was a lovely story. Loved the actors who played Lily and Snow Flower. They were like I pictured them in the book. I'm sorry it couldn't get more...

snowflower as good as book

By dbarkson
Never have I liked a movie that veered from a great book until today. Snowflower was / is terrific. The book is great and the movie is relevant. I highly recommend this movie. I almost wish I had...

By runshome

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexuality, violence, disturbing images and drug use
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Common Sense Media says Disappointing literary adaptation has some heavy themes.
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