Zhu Jialei
Owen Gleiberman
May 23, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Children of Huang Shi

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/23/08
performer
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat
director
Roger Spottiswoode
author
James MacManus, Jane Hawksley
genre
Drama, Historical

We gave it a D

A lot of emotions look good on Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ sneery, overripe features, but compassion isn’t one of them. In the historical dud The Children of Huang Shi, he plays a roving World War II journalist who sneaks into Nanking and glimpses the atrocities there. Yet the movie isn’t interested in anything so pivotal. Instead, it traces our hero’s Journey Toward Caring as he rescues 60 Chinese orphans. It’s like Schindler’s List crossed with The Sound of Music, and Roger Spottiswoode directs it in a stiff, lifeless, utterly dated style of international squareness. D

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