Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: April 6, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
66
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 22 Critics
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Rising above simple sentiment to explore class differences and the enduring clash between East and West with wit and wisdom.
83
Portland OregonianBarry Johnson
The re-creation of early 20th-century Beijing is dense and loving, and Hu shows just as much affection for the people who start to trickle into the shabby little cinema.
75
Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.
75
Transports us to a world that still had a capacity for awe, and that's the core of its charm.
63
Often charming and sweet, and always prettily photographed.