By Owen Gleiberman
Updated May 23, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
Zhu Jialei

The Children of Huang Shi

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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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The Children of Huang Shi

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  • Movie
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  • UNRATED
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  • 125 minutes
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