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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Pure escapist hokum, with action choreography by Sammo Hung, but I sure miss that old-school wire work. show more

  • 100
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The pulp-fictional hero is inhabited by the charismatic Andy Lau who, together with Chinese stars Bingbing Li, Ms. Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai, makes Detective Dee the most purely entertaining film of our vanishing summer. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    To maximize your entertainment budget, look no further. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it lacks the historical aura of classic Chinese wuxia backdrops, James Chiu's post-"Avatar" production design is memorably imaginative. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    I've seen Detective Dee twice now, and I still don't think I've taken the full measure of the visual nuttiness, and lushness, Tsui has packed in there. show more

  • 100
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to the Bermuda Triangle. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    On the basis of its scale, energy and magical events, this is the Hong Kong equivalent of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. But it transcends them with the stylization of the costumes, the panoply of the folklore, the richness of the setting, and the fact that none of the characters (allegedly) have superpowers. show more

  • 75
    Simon Abrams Slant Magazine

    Hark's new film is a consummately bizarre crowd-pleaser that throws everything at the viewer from makeshift plastic surgery by acupuncture to death by spontaneous combustion. show more

  • 63
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    It's slambang in pacing, bald in exposition, and offers cast-of-hundreds spectacle. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    All this is loads of fun, but after a while sensory overload sets in, dulling the mind. Even in a kung-fu flick, more isn't always better. show more

  • March 06, 2012 ym00000000110767
    Report This User

    Good movie besides someone important died, I watched it twice

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