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Tristan Hanisch
04-13-2018
01:24 PM ET (US)
Review 1. Reel Views-
1. Praise: The movie had a good shot with outstanding scenery.
2. Praise: Gret transition and all well captured.
3. Criticism: Not in depth about the actual relationship between Lou and The Little Seamstress
4. Criticism: The story wasn't well executed as is could've been, didn't show us how re education and communism really affected people.

Review 2. The New York Times-
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1. Didn't like how literature had such power, even over a government.
2. Wasn't appreciated in China, government wouldn't allow such influence on its culture.
3 His book was banned throughout China because of the influence of literature that was represented through it.
4. Praise for movie: Was more detailed then the book, easier to visualize what was actually happening.

Review 3. The Guardian-
1. Praise: The film is full of humanity and pathos.
2. Praise: The roles of each person were played well and with good character.
3. Praise: Attempts to Show us the director/writers own first hand experience he went through.
4. Criticism: Like I said earlier it doesn't go into detail enough on how bad the situation truly was.
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Sean Husman
04-13-2018
01:19 PM ET (US)
Review #1
1. The performances were uniformly good.
2. Very beautiful land scape.
3. It is not convincing.
4. Basically, it could have been better.
Review #2
1. The peasants figured out how to get paid without doing anything.
2. China banned his books.
3. China banned people from being his movies.
4. The movie kinda makes light of the cultural revolution.
Review #3
1. There isn't a lot of brutality.
2. It has a seductive flow.
3. It give us a clear vision of what he experienced.
4. It doesn't show how bad the revolution really was.
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Alexys Baker
04-13-2018
01:19 PM ET (US)
Review #1 from Reel Views:
1. Praise: Beautifully shot by the mountains.
2. Praise:Offers its little share of pleasures.
3. Criticism: Romance is weak it lacks passion and conviction.
4.Criticism: Ending is not well realized.

Review #2 from The New York Times:
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1.Chinease authorities banned the movie
2. Didn't accept the Western literature could change a Chinese girl
3. Poor peasants wanting to be in the film and literally fighting.
4. Praise for movie: Ending adds nostalgia.

Review #3 from The Guardian:
1. Praise: Movie is full likable performances.
2. Praise: has seductive narrative flow and humane, sympathetic performances.
3. Praise: Full of humanity and pathos.
4. Criticism: No serious brutality, no sense of a whole generation tyrannized.
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Adam Allen
04-13-2018
01:13 PM ET (US)
Review #1 from Reel Views:
1. Praise: The Scenery was amazing, sometimes drawing people away from the characters
2. Praise: While the movie as a whole isn't perfect, many scenes work very well when on their own, like a short story.
3. Criticism: The romance between Luo and LCS is very weak, as it has little to no passion or conviction and isn't very well shown, more told to us.
4.Criticism:the ending seemed sudden and unrealized, It makes little sense for LCS to just suddenly decide to up, without anyone, even though the man she loves is on the mountain, and no evidence showing the Balzac and the other authors changed her enough to want to leave that badly.

Review #2 from The New York Times:
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1.They banned the book and movie due to them being about a girl changed due to western literature.
2.the area where he wanted to film, the same area he was re-educated, was much to far away from any roads to be filmed at.
3. He had to pay every villager from the eight villages to keep quiet while he filmed or they would all make a ruckus while filming.
4. Praise for movie: The ending adds nostalgia for both youth and literature that can change/save lives.

Review #3 from The Guardian:
1. Praise: Has a seductive narrative flow and human, sympathetic performances
2. Praise: Is a nice reflection on china's past, and Mao's cultural revolution
3. Praise: Very well portrays the differences in Luo and the Narrator's past lives, as well as how primitive their old life seemed.
4. Criticism: May be a little too lenient on the memories of the cultural revolution being nothing more than a national service.
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Hannah Mitchell
04-13-2018
01:08 PM ET (US)
Review #1 from Reel Views:
1. Praise: Shot beautifully in the mountains.
2. Praise: Uniformly good performances
3. Criticism: Ending is not well realized.
4.Criticism: The romance between Luo and Little Chinese Seamstress isn't shown that much

Review #2 from The New York Times:
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1. First, the book was banned all together
2. Then, was finally allowed to film there ending with the movie then being banned
3. Finally, the Chinese didn't believe that any wester literature could change a simple Chinese girl.
4. Praise for movie: The ending of the movie where they reminisce about the Little Chinese Seamstress is true to Dai Sijie's real life.

Review #3 from The Guardian:
1. Praise: Likable characters
2. Praise: Very realistic about how people really act
3. Praise: Does a good job depicting the way Dai Sijie remembers the camp.
4. Criticism: They didn't show how horrible people were really treated like how other Chinese authors portray it.
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Tanner Tucker
04-13-2018
01:06 PM ET (US)
Review #1
1. The film is beautifully shot.
2. the Performances are very good.
3. The article says that lacks passion and conviction.
4. Falls short of greatness because they could not end the story/movie very well
Review #2
1. He was not able to make his movies in China.
2. He decided to chase the audience and try to make what they wanted to see which is sometime not a ogod idea.
3. China banned the Books and the Movie.
4. Making this movie reminded him of his past and China.
Review #3
1. There is no serious brutality which is how others from this period made movies. Set a part from others.
2. It is a Movie with a seductive narrative flow and humane and has sympathetic performances
3. Shows China's attitude to both its past and present
4. The western culture they have embraced looks banal. They could have done better promoting how they changed after the camp.
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Chase Otheim
04-13-2018
12:25 PM ET (US)
Review #1 from Reel Views:
1. Praise: Beautifully shot with the mountains in the background.
2. Praise: It moves briskly.
3. Criticism: The romance is weak.
4.Criticism: Tries to tie off too many loose ends with the scene of them as older men.

Review #2 from The New York Times:
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1. The book was banned in China.
2. He wasn't allowed to shoot his movies in China.
3. Chinese didn't accept that western literature could change a Chinese girl.
4. Praise for movie: The ending scene brings out nostalgia.

Review #3 from The Guardian:
1. Praise: It is full of humanity and pathos.
2. Praise: It complimented the "seductive narrative flow and humane, sympathetic performances."
3. Praise: Clearly directed as the director remembers his own experiences.
4. Criticism: The movie doesn't make the cultural revolution sound nearly as bad as it was.
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Maggie Beck
04-13-2018
12:23 PM ET (US)
Review #1 from Reel Views:
1. Praise: That the movie was beautifully shot.
2. Praise: Captured the majesty.
3. Criticism: We know that the LCS and Lou are in love, but we can't see it.
4.Criticism: It didn't convince us that literature has power.

Review #2 from The New York Times:
Discuss 3 problems/difficulties Dai Sijie faced in China with Balzac:
1. They did not accept that Western literature could change a Chinese girl.
2. Chinese authorities banned the book.
3. Allowed him to make the film in China, they also banned the movie.
4. Praise for movie: That it was portrayed well and also brought new light to things not in the book.

Review #3 from The Guardian:
1. Praise: The movie is full of humanity and pathos.
2. Praise: Likeable performances from the three main actors
3. Praise: Since it is based on director Dai Sijie's own bestselling autobiographical novel it clearly shows the way he remembers the Maoist camp he attended.
4. Criticism: There is no serious brutality here, no sense of a whole generation tyrannised in the service of grotesque ideological cruelty.
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Kärin RennerPerson was signed in when posted
04-13-2018
11:45 AM ET (US)
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Edited 04-13-2018 11:56 AM