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  • Summary: A story of epic revenge, Sacrifice focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution. (Samuel Goldwynn Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Jan 12, 2011
    Chen's direction is his most staid yet, but the riveting story speaks for itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 25, 2012
    In Sacrifice, about a father who loses his son to the power of the state, it is difficult to miss the parallels with Chen's own life.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Jul 26, 2012
    Ultimately, the film works because the doctor's relationship with the general - and both of their relationships with the doctor's young boy - is just as complicated as the action-packed coup.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jul 23, 2012
    A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 27, 2012
    Sacrifice is mostly a melodrama concerned with deception, betrayal and just what makes a family. It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 26, 2012
    It's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 24, 2012
    The Fifth Generation filmmaker has aced such recipes before (e.g. The Emperor and the Assassin); this time, both the spectacular and the human elements have apparently been offered to the gods.

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  1. Jul 30, 2012
    i believe that fully 60% of all chinese movies are what they call "sweeping dramas" or "epic dramas." why is that? it all gets to be a bit much sometimes, don't you think? i wish they would stop taking themselves so seriously...lighten up, for god's sake. which pretty much is the sum total of my feelings on this movie. that, and i'm a Bigbig Fan of Bingbing Fan. Collapse