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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
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  1. LindaC
    Dec 22, 2009
    10
    Bravo John Woo, cast and crew! War can never be made beautiful, romantic though many government and its leaders try to. However, the experience that human beings can have despite war can be beautiful, romantic; John, cast and crew achieve that in a mesmerizing way.
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    9
    Having watched quite a few epic battle films. I can safely say this, has the best, and I can't really see anything topping it. It rises above films like Gladiator, Lord of the rings, and Troy, because of the sheer creativity of the battle scenes.
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    80
    Camp, over-the-top and entirely unbelievable: in short, the best thing John Woo has made in years.
  2. Any war picture in which the heroine stalls the villain with a quiet, painstaking tea ceremony until the wind shifts direction and the good guys can firebomb the bad guys into oblivion is too ineffably Zen not to love.
  3. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    70
    A prelude that provides the beams and columns for the narrative framework, but with a few decisive and spot-on action spectacles, it sufficiently kindles expectations for the climactic clash in Part 2.