Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. 63
    More of a sand-and-noodles western set in the Far East.
  2. Impressively filmed but not dramatic enough to justify its length.
  3. 50
    The buildup is so compelling in this "Chinese Western" by He Ping (Swordsman in Double Flag Town) that its thunderous anticlimax of an ending can almost be forgiven. Almost.
  4. May be a period piece but there's nothing antiquated about it except an overly populated, initially hard-to-follow plot.
  5. A magnificent looking and occasionally very silly Chinese Western.
  6. 63
    Falters when it gets involved with supernatural gobbledygook.
  7. Eminently watchable, with enough majestic vistas and heroic derring-do to get by. It could have been so much more.
  8. The film plays like a Hollywood-influenced Japanese samurai movie, though nothing as subtle as Kurosawa's best, and with white subtitles that often are hard to read against the white of the Gobi.
  9. 50
    In spite of the unavoidable disappointment that comes from raised expectations (and lowered elevations), it's clumsy storytelling that ultimately keeps Warriors grounded.
  10. The spaghetti western may be dead, but the noodle eastern looks to be alive and well.
  11. A not particularly satisfying ending that involves silly CG effects. On the other hand, the acting is uniformly compelling, the fight sequences are energetic, and, as character drama, the material is especially enthralling.
  12. 60
    The best case for Warriors is its cinematic time travels and its peek into the natural wildness of a long-closed countryside.
  13. Thoroughly old-fashioned entertainment.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.
  15. 50
    Comfortably familiar. It lacks the tension between grandeur and intimacy that characterizes the films it apes.

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