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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    The story has been brought to the screen twice before (once by Tsui), but this version is the first in IMAX 3-D, which is the main reason to see it.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    Silly, distracting, and undeniably entertaining.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 29, 2012
    75
    Tsui Hark's film is the veteran director's chance to let his imagination run riot in the context of a high-budget, 3D IMAX production.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 1, 2012
    70
    A chunky spectacle, to be sure – overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Surprisingly old-fashioned. It seems to be having an argument with itself: the dazzling but often antiseptic immersiveness of the viewing experience is countered by storytelling suffused with nostalgia for a simpler, messier, livelier period in Chinese film.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 29, 2012
    60
    Flying Swords might not live up to the promise of Detective Dee, Hark's recent comeback, but it does deliver frequently and always when it counts most.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Aug 29, 2012
    50
    The 3D is terrific in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but helmer Tsui Hark's costume actioner -- the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format -- is let down by two-dimensional characters.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 13, 2012
    40
    Flying Swords of Dragon Gate isn't as much fun as the director's previous film – the wondrous "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame."
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 30, 2012
    40
    Despite the presence of Jet Li, only the last half-hour of this chatty epic truly flies.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Aug 29, 2012
    40
    Tsui Hark's films aren't famous for their coherence, but Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is such a wantonly incomprehensible experience that it occasionally feels like an epic piece of outsider art.

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