Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 5, 2013
    50
    A mad, laugh-out-loud mashup of “The Little Mermaid,” “Harry Potter,” assorted vampire tales, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the disaster epic “2012” and oh – “Pokemon” – just to impose the cinematic precedents on display here, Sorcerer is a Chinese twist on the reliable sword and sorcery genre which caused Hollywood to impose “Clash of the Titans” and “Immortals” on the undeserving.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 8, 2013
    60
    This China/Hong Kong co-production flips the formula: The fantastic images are solid, but the action is less substantial.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Feb 6, 2013
    50
    The film looks so glossy, plasticized, and unreal that all you end up thinking about is special effects.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 5, 2013
    70
    A visually lavish epic fantasy that happily marries the latest advances in CGI and action techniques with ancient Chinese fable and a Buddhist atmosphere.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Feb 7, 2013
    25
    Perhaps hardcore Jet Li fans will be able to get some joy out of it, but we'd suspect that even they will struggle with this one.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 5, 2013
    50
    Overblown saga of shape-shifting demons, butt-kicking clerics and the perils of interspecies romance occasionally dazzles but finally frazzles with its relentless visual assault, embedding Jet Li and his capable castmates in one screensaver-ready fantasy backdrop after another.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Feb 6, 2013
    20
    Visually unspectacular and emotionally stillborn, The Sorcerer and the White Snake fails as both a fantasy and a romance.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 4, 2013
    10
    A good movie, it had some issues here and there like any movies. However, most audience might not quite understand the underlining concepts behind the movie. Tons of Buddhist concept and fables in it...the main Theme of the movie is actually based on one of the Buddhist(Theravada) concepts in regards to the Serpent King. It was kind of funny with one of the review suggesting that this movie was a combo of all the other Hollywood movies such as Harry Potter, etc, etc when in actually these Buddhist or Chinese stories have existed for well over 3000 years...I think it's the other way around these Hollywood movies are a combo of the Asian stories and fables. The other ignorant reviews from people of western origins is the fact that they compare these Asian heroes as typical humans...that's like comparing Superman to Jane. The point here is these Super heroes are like Superman...or the Asian version of the Superhumans... Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2013
    4
    For the most part T.S.A.T.W.S works but, the blowing Kung fu violence was too much. The white snake part was "meh" and some of the sting spice in the film was doubtly good. But the film is long and people are tired to watch dudes beat up people in Kung fu, so I think it needed a twist. The action scenes were long but the film had doubtly good sting spice to it. 4/10 for the action and the stingy bit. Full Review »