The Guillotines

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35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7

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  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    It’s doubtful that Scorsese will redo this new Lau thriller, which is OK because the Chinese original is all fans need.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jun 12, 2013
    50
    The Guillotines expends most of its energy in its first 30 minutes, leaving the audience with roughly 90 minutes of soapy Qing Dynasty fan fiction.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 13, 2013
    40
    The incrementally served up pieces never satisfactorily cohere. The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Jun 13, 2013
    38
    Despite the multitude of cinematic tricks the prolific Andrew Lau has up his sleeve, the film is a disappointingly rote entry in the wuxia pantheon.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 12, 2013
    30
    An action fan could be forgiven for the medicinal taste that this slick but dissipating exercise leaves behind.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 11, 2013
    30
    A corny saga of social and generational conflict, it's ultimately yet another Chinese period epic that functions as a thinly veiled treatise on the nobility of socialist equality.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 11, 2013
    20
    All the solemnity is deadly: Not one of these superhuman gang members registers in memory, and you feel stiffed on gory giggles. Talk about having your chain yanked.

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