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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

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Critic Reviews

  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.

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