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  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 100
    For Kaige, The Promise can't exactly be called a return to form--it's more a return to "Hero" and "House Of Flying Daggers" director Zhang Yimou's form. Either way, it's still glorious.
  2. Whether or not the story makes any sense, The Promise promises to transport - and does.
  3. Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle to top Zhang Yimou's "Hero," and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie: the digital effects are sometimes excessive, yet Chen's story of a loyal slave, his master, and a wealthy, seemingly doomed princess is more affecting, especially in the closing stretch.
  4. 58
    Sumptuous and beautiful and as silly as a sack of nose glasses.
  5. The actors were mostly nondescript, sometimes noticeably clumsy. Stunt coordinator Dion Lam brought a bit of freshness to the martial arts choreography, but the rest of the film was as stale as a week-old carp on a fish vendor's pushcart.
  6. You can't help wondering how the same Fifth Gen filmmaker who made "Yellow Earth" and "Life on a String" could've fallen on such hard times, or justified such goofiness to himself.
  7. 12
    The Promise employs laughable computer effects and second-rate martial-arts fighting to tell the hard-to-figure story of a princess and her three lovers.

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  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 7, 2013
    Very nice movie, by standarts of asian martial arts-fantasy movie. The plot is not so strong, but it is not the main thing. This movie is about bright fights, gods and legends. Light smooth moves, water and wind. Worth watching, if you like fights as in Crounching Tiger film. Expand

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