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  • Summary: Zhao (Gong Li) is a concubine in China in the 20th century BC who is sent by her lover to become the lover of his adversary, gain his confidence, and then secure an assassin who can eliminate him.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Few Hollywood action pictures are half as exciting or ravishing.
  2. A stirring, thought-provoking feat of filmmaking, accomplished in every facet.
  3. Has a mixture of strengths and limitations often found in historical epics: lots of eye-filling action and spectacle, little in the way of psychology or human interest.
  4. 80
    It's epic in every sense of the word, and like most of Chen's historical dramas, not easy to follow.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A string of striking set pieces hung on a dramatically shaky clothesline.
  6. A gorgeous, gory epic, is a blow-your-mind masterpiece about the emperor who ruled more than 2,000 years ago.
  7. A quagmire that reportedly has undergone multiple edits to reach its current incomprehensible state.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4