“Fantastic Film !”
Memoirs loses its taste for risk, and settles, throughout the movie's subsequent melodramatic turns, for the familiar blandishments of good looks and technical control.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Swathed in silk and longing (mostly for a bald guy called Oscar), the big-screen version of Memoirs of a Geisha arrives with good intentions firmly in place.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
With its gorgeous cinematography, costumes and production design, Geisha is a visual feast, but it lacks emotional heft and leaves the viewer strangely unsatisfied.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Memoirs of a Geisha is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Its commercial compromises cripple it as a movie.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A would-be cross between Showgirls and Raise the Red Lantern, too dumb to cause offense though falling short of the oblivious abandon that could have vaulted it into high camp.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
In the luxuriant Memoirs of a Geisha, three of the biggest and loveliest stars of Chinese cinema -- Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li -- sharpen their talons.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
It is a lush, blushingly romantic portrait of Asian culture as seen through a Western lens.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Memoirs of a Geisha isn't just drop-dead beautiful, it's cinematically alive with a spirited way that makes most contrivances forgivable.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
... good-looking but not quite memorable ...
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
There is spectacle enough in Marshall's movie -- rows of geisha trainees aligned in formation like Rockettes, acres of low, cedar-and-bamboo buildings with mountains in the distance -- but nothing that comes close to lyricism.
David Denby - New Yorker
I object to the movie not on sociological grounds but because I suspect a real geisha house floated on currents deeper and more subtle than the broad melodrama on display here.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Golden's straightforwardly involving prose, while no great shakes, has been replaced by an extremely fussy affair that is, in effect, its own silk-wrapped pictorial novelization.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Everything is beautiful -- even the squalor of poverty, the suffering of war. And nothing, ever, is revealed.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Shot for shot, Memoirs of a Geisha is one of the most beautiful movies in years, with due credit to Don Beebe's widescreen camera work, John Myhre's meticulous production design and Colleen Atwood's opulent costumes.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The performances are good, the visuals are lush, the span is epic, but the film simply never soars.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For a while, you're waiting for Memoirs of a Geisha to start. Then you can't wait for it to end.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The subject remained interesting enough to this provincial American to accept and ultimately enjoy the film's well-worn romanticism, even with its resignedly tired happy ending.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
So much to see and hear, yet the magic of Memoirs of a Geisha is the human way it touches the heart. The cumulative effect is like being knocked unconscious by the wing of a butterfly.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Jay Weissberg - Variety
Arthur Golden's international best-seller has been moved to the bigscreen with beauty and tact in Memoirs of a Geisha.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
All three acts suffer from sluggish momentum and weak endings.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
... a fascinating glimpse at a lost world of women with skin of porcelain and spines of steel, and the men in their thrall.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This is a movie for the ear and the eye, not the brain and the heart.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Memoirs of a Geisha is one long oxymoronic exercise in attempting to show delicacy through overkill.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Slowness doesn't necessarily equal beauty or power or profundity.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It skips lightly over the surface of its rich material, more preoccupied with making pretty pictures than dipping below the surface so that you can experience the world through the eyes of its traumatized, yet increasingly savvy, heroine.
David Edelstein - Slate
Memoirs of a Geisha is worthwhile on many levels, although it lacks the depth of feeling that would have elevated it from a good movie to a romance for the ages.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The filmmakers make characters crasser, ignore nuances within geisha tradition and give characters attitudes and dialogue highly unlikely for Depression-era Japan.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Any doubts about three Chinese actresses speaking English with Japanese accents vanish in the face of their deeply felt performances and the world Marshall conjures with magical finesse.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Spanning two decades and a momentous war, Memoirs of a Geisha displays all the pomp and grandeur of an epic, but you wouldn't call it sweeping.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
It's lush, stylish and a feast for the eyes and ears rather than the heart and soul.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
The screenplay was lacking, the characters not engaging, the story dragged on and no real insights on being a geisha. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
David Ansen - Newsweek
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Director Rob Marshall has a sophomore flop on his hands.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
For all of its inaccuracies and over-the-top mise-en-scene, Memoirs is quite entertaining.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Jason Anderson - CBC.ca Arts
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The overall effect is not so unlike Mameha's description of geisha themselves: a moving work of art.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
- Time Out
As authentic as cheeseburger teriyaki.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
- Empire Magazine
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs