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Memoirs of a Geisha

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Rob Marshall

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About the Movie

"... a visually stunning adaptation of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel." (Barry Caine, Oakland Tribune) The director of Chicago, Rob Marshall, transports us into a mysterious and exotic world that casts a potent spell. A Cinderella story like no other, Memoirs of a Geisha stars Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li. "Gorgeously photographed, meticulously directed and hypnotically acted. Memoirs of a Geisha is luxurious, ethereal and intoxicating. It will leave you breathless." (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 159
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 103
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Golden's straightforwardly involving prose, while no great shakes, has been replaced by an extremely fussy affair that is, in effect, its own silk-wrapped pictorial novelization.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, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Its commercial compromises cripple it as a movie. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: 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, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Everything is beautiful -- even the squalor of poverty, the suffering of war. And nothing, ever, is revealed. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I give it an A+... only because there is no letter before A.

Man, this is just a beautiful movie. I saw it once before, and I admit I did not pay close attention. About a year later, I heard some of the music from the soundtrack and I loved it, but still did not get around to properly viewing the film. Then one night a few weeks ago, I picked it up at the video store, and now I am completely in love with this movie. The atmosphere that this film creates really draws you in, and the plot keeps you engaged the whole way through. If you're not a die-hard love movie junkie (as I am not) but can appreciate a good film regardless of genre, this movie is sure to entertain you. But if you happen to be a huge sucker for love stories, well... then your head may explode due to an inability to release so many tears simultaneously. I can attest to this because even I was teary-eyed during more than a few scenes. It's a wonderful film, with great acting, music, atmosphere, and plot. You won't regret buying this movie.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha is by far one of the most moving, powerful stories in existence. I'd read the book before I'd watched the movie, and the book enthralled me. Its description of aspects of Sayuri's/Chiyo's life put into metaphors and similes had me smiling throughout. So, naturally, I was a bit worried that the movie would be a gross understatement of the book, or that it wouldn't be like the book at all. I was wrong. From the moment I walked into the movie theatre to the moment to the credits started rolling, I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen. It was like watching a work of art being made. The story was just as powerful, just as moving, in the movie as in the book, if not more so. Sure, there were some deviations from the book that irked me just a bit (ie: Sayuri/Chiyo seeing the Chairman at 15, before becoming a Geisha, etc). However, the movie moved me just as much as the book did, and it is not a film that you'll soon forget.

Amazing, Just Amazing

I've heard from a lot of critics this movie is bad, to read the book and not see. I disagree, I thought this was a wondreful adapataion from the story. I still suggest reading the book first, it will help to make sense, but I think you should buy this movie, it is wonderful!!