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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Chan, though, is very good in an all-dramatic role as a rebel general. There's lots of battle scenes, well-filmed, but only one martial arts scene. It seems out of place, but is most welcome nonetheless. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This drama, as traditional as its subject was epochal, is earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Chan has not injected any of his playful charm or physical virtuosity into Wang Xingdong's and Chen Baoguang's insipid, poorly structured screenplay. show more

  • 40

    1911 isn't propaganda but more a relentless, serious, fiercely nationalistic bit of historical mythmaking. show more

  • 50
    New York Post

    Sweeping, if exhausting, historical epic set at the turn of the 20th century. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If 1911 doesn't impress as historical spectacle, neither does it rank high as a Jackie Chan film. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    It swoops, it pans, it noses around. The camerawork is almost as agitated as the editing. The directors seem to be trying to compensate for all the speechifying with as much random motion as possible. show more

  • 38
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    Adhering to what is apparently a formula for national superproductions, 1911 throws dates and names on the screen with unceasing speed and frequent irrelevance -- gratuitously identifying a walk-on as "German diplomat." show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Time Out New York

    The star and co-director appears hopelessly out of place, trapped in a variety of awkward-fitting uniforms while forced to offer up laughably obvious battlefield advice ("Avoid gunfire!"). show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Throughout 1911 the sense of dutiful intentions blocks any building momentum. When an English-speaking character appears to declare that history is being made, it only underlines the obvious. show more

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