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  • Summary: A psychological thriller, a coming-of-age drama, a gay love story, and a
    black comedy, Ethan Mao tells the story of an 18-year-old boy reaching
    the point of no return. (Margin Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Provocative and poignant.
  2. At once a tender love story and a psychological suspense drama that lays bare the acute tensions that threaten to tear apart an upwardly mobile suburban L.A. Chinese American family.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Lee obviously wants to portray Ethan as something other than the dutiful No. 1 son, but Ethan isn't entirely convincing as a doped-up street hustler.
  4. "Soppy" doesn't begin to describe this 2004 drama by Quentin Lee.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    30
    By the time we reach the "Butch Cassidy"-inspired climax, any filaments of credibility still clinging to these characters have completely disappeared.
  6. 25
    The one highlight is Julia Nickson, who breathes life into the role of Ethan's evil stepmom.
  7. Desperately wants to deal dramatically with the legitimate issues of homosexuality, tolerance, homelessness and drug use. But to do so, the movie, like Ethan, would first need to grow up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. MickJ.
    Sep 16, 2005
    8
    Well, I reckon the critics are wrong on this one. An enjoyable movie, with a good cast.
  2. JeroenC.
    Oct 7, 2005
    8
    Good story, good cast.
  3. CoM
    Jun 30, 2008
    8
    Good movie, really enjoyed it. The critics were wrong.
  4. LenS.
    Oct 28, 2005
    7
    Some of the moments were a little adolescent; but, then, so they should be, as this is a movie about adolescents, cut loose from the usual Some of the moments were a little adolescent; but, then, so they should be, as this is a movie about adolescents, cut loose from the usual family and social supports, looking for love, even when they don't know always how it's defined or always what it is. Expand

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