Scott Brown
May 30, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Snow Falling on Cedars

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, Sam Shepard
director
Scott Hicks
genre
Romance, Drama, Historical

We gave it a B-

In Snow Falling on Cedars, director Scott Hicks (”Shine”) reduces David Guterson’s visceral, meditative novel to a courtroom homily about Japanese-American relations in Puget Sound circa 1950, flinging in dizzy intercuts that bring to mind an out-of-focus music video. As a lovelorn reporter, Hamlet du jour Hawke tries once again to corner the market on melancholy, but with the camera trained obsessively on his forehead for most of the movie, a solid performance is simply not to be.

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