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  • Summary: The story of four remarkable friends whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events and conditions that have shaped their lives -- and how these experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children. (Hollywood Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    Like a flowering of talent that has been waiting so long to be celebrated. It is also one of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
  2. A highly emotional epic about what it means to be both Chinese and American.
  3. Those unfamiliar with the book will simply appreciate a stirring, many-sided fable, one that is exceptionally well told.
  4. 88
    Hits hardest when it bypasses sentiment to ponder the inextricable mix of love and pain that comes with the ties that bind.
  5. Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
  6. 75
    Fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
  7. 58
    A sumptuous two-and-a-quarter-hour emotional epic built on one lachrymose climax after another. What little plot there is exists only to set up the next Big Cry.

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