Beginning of the Great Revival

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  • Summary: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Jun 24, 2011
    70
    A Chinese propaganda film without the heavy dogma and dour treatment that would have been expected a generation ago, Beginning of the Great Revival is a slick and lavish historical epic charting the 1921 formation of the Chinese Communist Party.
  2. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Jun 24, 2011
    50
    A worthy history lesson on the founding of the Chinese Communist Party with only partially entertaining aspects.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jun 23, 2011
    25
    Beginning of the Great Revival is muddled, all right, but it's the helter-skelter speed at which it ticks off names and incidents, both in hopelessly confused action and on-screen text, that seems nearly unprecedented.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 24, 2011
    20
    It demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Jun 24, 2011
    20
    There hasn't been such an egregiously self-congratulating piece of Communist propaganda since, arguably, the peak of '60s Soviet musicals, but Revival is so repetitive and po-faced that there's no kitsch value to be had.
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