Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Oct 7, 2011
    50
    Throughout 1911 the sense of dutiful intentions blocks any building momentum. When an English-speaking character appears to declare that history is being made, it only underlines the obvious.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 7, 2011
    50
    Sweeping, if exhausting, historical epic set at the turn of the 20th century.
  3. 50
    If 1911 doesn't impress as historical spectacle, neither does it rank high as a Jackie Chan film.
  4. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Oct 6, 2011
    50
    Chan, though, is very good in an all-dramatic role as a rebel general. There's lots of battle scenes, well-filmed, but only one martial arts scene. It seems out of place, but is most welcome nonetheless.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Oct 6, 2011
    50
    What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson. Even the irrepressible Mr. Chan (this is his 100th film) seems subdued.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 7, 2011
    40
    This drama, as traditional as its subject was epochal, is earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 6, 2011
    40
    1911 isn't propaganda but more a relentless, serious, fiercely nationalistic bit of historical mythmaking.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 4, 2011
    40
    The star and co-director appears hopelessly out of place, trapped in a variety of awkward-fitting uniforms while forced to offer up laughably obvious battlefield advice ("Avoid gunfire!").
  9. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Oct 4, 2011
    40
    Chan has not injected any of his playful charm or physical virtuosity into Wang Xingdong's and Chen Baoguang's insipid, poorly structured screenplay.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Oct 10, 2011
    38
    Adhering to what is apparently a formula for national superproductions, 1911 throws dates and names on the screen with unceasing speed and frequent irrelevance -- gratuitously identifying a walk-on as "German diplomat."
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Oct 6, 2011
    38
    It swoops, it pans, it noses around. The camerawork is almost as agitated as the editing. The directors seem to be trying to compensate for all the speechifying with as much random motion as possible.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 4, 2011
    30
    Resulting mish-mash of exposition and speechifying opts to summarize rather than dramatize; one spends nearly as much time reading indigestible lumps of onscreen text as one does listening to the often distractingly post-dubbed dialogue.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 4, 2011
    30
    If the success of epic storytelling were determined by the sheer number of unnecessary on-screen name tags, 1911 would be a masterpiece. But the small matters of characterization, audience identification, and scene-making are entirely absent here.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    4
    The first half of the movie, with violence, uprisings, and battles is a blast. Unfortunately, when things settle down into politics it takes aThe first half of the movie, with violence, uprisings, and battles is a blast. Unfortunately, when things settle down into politics it takes a nosedive. There is no character development whatsoever, one minute they show a character that seems interested and conflicted, then they do a cut of two days later where's completely convinced of the right thing to do. That's about the whole second part of the movie. People arguing/deciding stuff, with the interesting character development only happening offscreen. I would have given the movie a better score if they shaved off the really painful final 30 minutes off of it. Full Review »
  2. Oct 20, 2013
    9
    I am amazed at the shallowness, ignorance and insularity reflected by both the reviews and the user reviews for this fine move. It is anI am amazed at the shallowness, ignorance and insularity reflected by both the reviews and the user reviews for this fine move. It is an excellent, well-paced summary of one of the most important, pro-democracy revolutions in world history. It may elude those whose knowledge of eastern civilization began and ended with a two-page review of it in a tenth-grade history book approved by the Texas School Book Commission, but for those of us to whom the name Sun Yat-Sen is well known as the father of democracy in China, and whose overthrow of the ancient imperial dynasty brought China into the modern age, this movie is as alive and exciting as any movie made about American history, including even (or especially) "Gone With The Wind", which next to this film looks like a second-rate soap opera. You know, it is the abject ignorance reflected by these reviews which may yet lead some Tea Party types to start World War III with China one day. Ye gods. Read a book, people! Get to know the good people of the most populated country in the world.

    The production values of this film are first rate and immerse the view in the reality of the time. All the acting is above reproach, especially that of Jackie Chan, who co-directed, and who in this move establishes himself as an actor to be taken very seriously. From beginning to end, this movie has been a delightful discovery, and an informative filling out of the history of these important events. I feel privileged to have found it.

    My only gripe at all, the ONLY one, is that the informational inserts were too small. But their content was important and I was grateful for them.

    I thought Warren Beatty did a wonderful job with "Reds", a great film about the Russian revolution which, like this one, involved some Americans and West Europeans. This film is very much like that one, and it is as successful in artistic terms. I wonder if the lack of support for this film has to do with the fact that the lead characters were not Caucasian. Think about it.
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  3. Feb 5, 2013
    2
    -overly focused on listing historical names, events, arguments -grandiose statements and undeveloped characters created shallow unbelievable-overly focused on listing historical names, events, arguments -grandiose statements and undeveloped characters created shallow unbelievable personal interactions Full Review »