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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Curse of the Golden Flower is the year's most operatic and visually lavish film. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most beautiful movies of the last 20 years, and with his latest, Curse of the Golden Flower, he has also made one of the most deliciously nutty. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a work by cinematic geniuses that reveals beauty and terror in a long-ago time with a virtuoso intensity. You won't soon forget its mad, lovely sights and sounds. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions. show more

  • 75
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    But as Western analogies go, Curse achieves an emotional fervor more in keeping with ancient Greek mythology than Elizabethan theater. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Zhang Yimou's ambitious attempt to blend martial arts action with Shakespearean melodrama. It's not a perfect marriage but it offers two hours of solidly over-the-top entertainment featuring incredible visuals and powerful performances by international icons Gong Li and Chow Yun Fat. show more

  • 75

    Action fans might find the film's first half somewhat of a slog to sit through because of its carefully honed exposition, while those used to Zhang's dialogue-heavy dramas are sure to be surprised by the film's brutal second half where blood spurts more than the words. show more

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