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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
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  1. SusanF.
    Mar 21, 2006
    10
    Mesmerizing film- beautifully done - provacative and above all heart wrenching movie.
  2. AbelV.
    May 10, 2003
    10
    Deciding to have a calm night a couple of weeks after i broke-up with someone special to me...I happen to run into this movie at my local movie-renting place. Snow Falling on Cedars is the most heartfelt, touching, powerfull, compelling, moving movie I have ever seen!! The music is haunting, the story is heartfelt and beautiful, I recomend it to any and everyone. And in my 'own' Deciding to have a calm night a couple of weeks after i broke-up with someone special to me...I happen to run into this movie at my local movie-renting place. Snow Falling on Cedars is the most heartfelt, touching, powerfull, compelling, moving movie I have ever seen!! The music is haunting, the story is heartfelt and beautiful, I recomend it to any and everyone. And in my 'own' rating scale of 1 to 10 it gets an 11! Astonishing and amazing...beautiful work by director: Scott Hicks. Expand
  3. AuroraB.
    Oct 8, 2002
    10
    A beautiful movie that tugs at the heart, and shows that first loves last forever...it was just amazing.
  4. LukeG.
    Nov 20, 2003
    10
    David Guterson's debut novel was a mirror image to this performance, Exquisitely directed! Scott Hicks you shall be very proud!
  5. RyanM.
    Sep 17, 2001
    8
    Hypnotically enthralling.
  6. LunaM.
    Apr 9, 2008
    4
    The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually poetic and lovingly photographed. But one ponderously slow scene follows another. Snippets of same are then repeated through flashbacks. Over-use of crying babies to dramatize bad news. Plenty of passion and talent were behind the making of this movie, The scattered fragments of the story are overwhelmed by the film's weighty, somber, pretentious cinematography and score. Visually poetic and lovingly photographed. But one ponderously slow scene follows another. Snippets of same are then repeated through flashbacks. Over-use of crying babies to dramatize bad news. Plenty of passion and talent were behind the making of this movie, but for me it was too self-conscious, gloomy and (watch as the rain drips drips drips) SLOW. Expand
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. 40
    This badly muddled adaptation of a complex novel chases after Guterson's many skeins and themes with no unifying principle in mind.
  2. Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched.
  3. As cosmetically sanitized revisions of history go: This is as good as it gets.