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Curse of the Golden Flower

Rated R for violence.

R In Theaters 12/21/2006 , 114min.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
The Curse of the Golden Flower is the year's most operatic and visually lavish film. Full Review
James Berardinelli
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. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
Since his debut in 1987 with "Red Sorghum" Mr. Zhang has made more controlled films but never one that's more fun. With Curse of the Golden Flower he aims for Shakespeare and winds up with Jacqueline Susann. And a good thing too. Full Review
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy. Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Curse of the Golden Flower is a watchable soap opera, but its marching-band martial-arts scenes are little more than weakly staged retreads of the ones in Zhang's "Hero." Full Review

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