Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 91
    Filmed in long, quiet takes across gorgeous, all-but-empty landscapes, Mountain Patrol feels more like Gus Van Sant's "Gerry" than like the cops-and-robbers thriller its plotline suggests.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    This is a one-of-a-kind action flick: a tale of triumph tinged at every moment with tragedy.
  3. 90
    Extraordinary on many levels...because Mountain Patrol instead becomes what might be the first Chinese conservationist spaghetti western ever made.
  4. 88
    What is remarkable is that this film is based on a true story, and filmed on the actual locations. These are hard, violent men, risking their lives to save an animal species.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    88
    This largely non-verbal picture uses only as many words (spoken in Mandarin and Tibetan, with English subtitles) as necessary, and draws you in as surely as one of his characters, in an amazing sequence, is drawn into.
  6. Mountain Patrol is breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly brutal and simply breathtaking.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    A fascinating film that also benefits greatly from the stunning scenery of the Tibetan plateau and from a quicksand scene that will leave you gasping.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JohnG.
    Sep 30, 2006
    6
    Monotonous, depressing, with little redeeming qualities except for some breathtaking cinematography.