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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Beautiful but hollow. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The most gorgeous movie of the year. This smashing martial-arts romance from Chinese director Zhang Yimou is stunning in other ways, too, like the eroticism that ripples just beneath the surface. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A glorious new addition to martial-arts cinema. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in House of Flying Daggers, and focus just on the visuals. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's as thrilling and lushly beautiful a movie as has been released all year, matched only by Zhang's epic "Hero." And I think this film is the more powerful. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's great, fantastical fun. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The movie equivalent of a 12-course feast crammed with unforgettable images and mind-boggling stunts. show more

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