The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman Image
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  • Summary: The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman follows the journey of a mystical blade as it passes through the hands of three ambitious men. As the interwoven story unfolds, they find that the blade possesses the power to dramatically change the fate of each of its owners. (China Lion Film Distribution)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    Yes, it's all quite mad, Max, with a shaggy-dog ending to boot. But this giddiness, its go-for-broke/what-the-hellness, also is the film's strength.
  2. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Mar 21, 2011
    50
    When all the pieces finally come together at the end, the effect is less impressive than it is reminiscent of "Wayne's World": multiple endings, no real impact or weight to either.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 15, 2011
    30
    The most avid fans of merciless mugging will be the sole admirers of the bookending story of Liu Xiaoye's Butcher.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 17, 2011
    20
    Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 18, 2011
    0
    The noise level reminds me of Canal Street in Chinatown on a Sunday afternoon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 12, 2012
    8
    Loved it..after reading some of reviews by professional critics it leads me to believe they don't get it. The movies visuals were great andLoved it..after reading some of reviews by professional critics it leads me to believe they don't get it. The movies visuals were great and for us non-critic types we enjoy movies like this after a long week at work. Looking fw to their next movie. Collapse