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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17

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  1. Apr 11, 2011
    9
    This movie was epic. Not in the over-used sense of the word, but in the true and honest meaning. It has everything you would look for in a movie of this genre, with awe inspiring fight scenes and Jet Li doing his thing as always, but it isn't just another The Last Samurai in china. There is much deeper and though provoking plot that never has you saying "knew that was coming". The score,This movie was epic. Not in the over-used sense of the word, but in the true and honest meaning. It has everything you would look for in a movie of this genre, with awe inspiring fight scenes and Jet Li doing his thing as always, but it isn't just another The Last Samurai in china. There is much deeper and though provoking plot that never has you saying "knew that was coming". The score, while sometimes ripped straight from Zimmer's Samurai score, fits in perfectly. The only negative comment I could make was some choppy transitions from act to act, but as long as you are not watching this while multi-tasking, the left out details allow you to speculate, and think about where the plot is going and how you are reacting to it, not unlike a good novel. Expand
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    80
    The guy story is so strong that conventional romantic interludes with the woman torn between two men could easily have been dropped.
  2. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    80
    After a career excelling in highbrow urban romances, Hong Kong director Peter Chan ("Perhaps Love") earns his spurs in his march into war epic territory.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Laden with gritty action, but with an emotional undertow that carries the drama even through its weaker moments, picture reps a strong comeback by Hong Kong helmer-producer Peter Chan.