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  • Summary: Set against the backdrop of the national crisis that erupted following Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor, this is an elegiac, multi-layered exploration of memory, love and reconciliation on an island in the Pacific Northwest. (Universal Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Scott Hicks adapts David Guterson's best-selling novel as if it was poetry.
  2. Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched.
  3. As good as it is in many ways, the film is not as emotionally gripping as it should be, and comes off as a rather predictable liberal statement.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    Essentially a liberal soap opera.
  5. 50
    For all the beauty it struggles to bring forth, Snow Falling on Cedars is painfully prosaic.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Impeccably crafted but dramatically dull.
  7. 25
    Ultimately groans under the weight of its own quiet gorgeousness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6