Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. A masterful synthesis of generic conventions and creative imagination, a sublime amalgam of some of the best tendencies and talent our times have to offer.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Rarely has combat been portrayed as beautifully as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwanese director Ang Lee's thoughtful meditation on menace, mortality and the martial arts.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Watching it is a nonstop high.
  4. The first Ang Lee film I've seen that I've liked without qualification.
  5. 100
    Transcends its origins and becomes one of a kind. It's glorious, unashamed escapism and surprisingly touching at the same time.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Splendid, soaringly ambitious Chinese period fantasy.
  7. The film may be too talky for action-minded viewers and too fantastic for more serious spectators, but it brings appealing twists - including a feminist sensibility - to the venerable martial-arts genre.
  8. 80
    What about Ronny Yu's 1992 masterpiece "The Bride With White Hair," of which Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a decent facsimile?
  9. Soaring and romantic, wild and serene, feminist and gutsy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the best movies of the year.
  10. 100
    The landscapes are so gorgeous, the philosophy so richly appealing, the narrative so epically sweeping, and the characters so intense.
  11. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    This is a waking dream of truly operatic dimensions.
  12. 90
    Has the sprawling canvas of an epic and the emotional heat of classical melodrama.
  13. Crouching Tiger's blend of the magical, the mythical and the romantic fills a need in us we might not even realize we had.
  14. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    A soaring, exhilarating fantasy grounded in earthy emotion, Crouching Tiger more than lives up to the hype.
  15. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Whenever Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon resorts to flying fists or soaring sword battles, the Force is definitely with it.
  16. Handsome, passionate and fun. It's everything we go to the movies for.
  17. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    You have never seen a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon because there has never been a movie like it.
  18. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    At once elegant and sublimely silly, contemplative and gung-ho, balletic and bubble-gum, a rousing action film and an epic love story, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one bursting-at-the-seams holiday gift, beautifully wrapped by the ever-surprising Ang Lee.
  19. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    It is with gravity and levity and incomparable grace that Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- by light years the best movie of 2000.
  20. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    A spell-binding, engaging and often breathtaking work in which exquisite sets, costumes, photography and music combine with top-notch acting and out-of-this-world fighting scenes.
  21. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling. For all the leaping action, it's the film's spirit that soars.
  22. 80
    There's so much dreamy beauty in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that it's almost like a narcotic.
  23. The class act of action movies.
  24. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    My first viewing left me dazzled but slightly confused; a second deeply impressed; a third rhapsodic. I wish I hadn't needed to rediagram it in my head to turn it into the masterpiece it so obviously wants to be.
  25. 90
    The picture is more fun than it has a right to be.
  26. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Crouching Tiger is contemplative, and it kicks ass. Or put it this way: it's a powerful film and a terrific movie.
  27. The film satisfies on both visceral and emotional levels.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is a great movie, but it needs a sales job because it's in Mandarin.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Brilliance of the action and effects are supplemented by a consistently superior and resourceful score by Tan Dun.
  30. 80
    Crouching Tiger's dramatic line is so blurry that the central character is only a bystander to the climactic fight between forces of good and evil.
  31. Magnificently nonchalant about its magic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 557 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 123
  2. Negative: 32 out of 123
  1. Jan 21, 2015
    Crouching poop is more like it. For sheep who want to belong to the hip crowd and the artsy fartsy folks with below average IQ. Clearly theCrouching poop is more like it. For sheep who want to belong to the hip crowd and the artsy fartsy folks with below average IQ. Clearly the reviewers were all paid off or cherry picked (Sony is notorious for fixing reviews), because they cant get average real people to positively review their garbage. Extremely boring film with nonsensical plot, uninteresting characters that have no depth whatsoever on top of extremely stupid looking martial arts like we were back in the early 80s again (but without the grit). No redeeming qualities anywhere. This one was so bad I actually walked out of the movie theater on its premiere more than a decade ago. I asked and was given a refund. I watched it entirely a few days ago and basically played with my phone the second half of the movie out of boredom. For what its worth, I like action movies but I don't need explosions and effects to find enjoyment. I need a story 1st, and then anything else is gravy... it a movie after all. If i want to look at a painting ill go do that but this is a movie and not a painting. A movie is supposed to have a story to tell otherwise there is no reason to make it into a movie aside from appeasing one inflated ego. Even if a story is non-sense it could still be interesting if characters are interesting or funny. This movie has none of that. It might as well had been told in a 10 page picture book for kids.

    People need to stop selling out just to fit into the crowd. Grow a spine and call it what it is. This is a bad movie that was overrated through corporate payoffs.
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  2. KevinG.
    Jan 23, 2008
    Boring! The story was long, drawn out, and had little to no redeeming qualities. The acting was good, though the whole idea of the movie was Boring! The story was long, drawn out, and had little to no redeeming qualities. The acting was good, though the whole idea of the movie was pushed at its "amazing" effects. I'm sorry, but people jumping around on trees obviously dangling from wires is not my idea of 'good' effects. Forget Crouching Tiger, Get "House of Flying Daggers" or "Hero". They are both 100% better than this. Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is Lee's masterpiece, and possibly his most creative film. He honors the traditional style of ChineseCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is Lee's masterpiece, and possibly his most creative film. He honors the traditional style of Chinese filmmaking with respect and careful attention to detail. It's beautiful and stunning, with memorable and expertly choreographed fighting scenes, and top-notch cinematography. Even thought the movie was translated into English for me, I still found its (translated) dialogue very well-written and well-said. Not to mention, the acting and story are pretty good as well, but not up to the level of the beauty and art side of the film. Full Review »