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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Ultimately, the film works because the doctor's relationship with the general - and both of their relationships with the doctor's young boy - is just as complicated as the action-packed coup. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Chen's direction is his most staid yet, but the riveting story speaks for itself. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In Sacrifice, about a father who loses his son to the power of the state, it is difficult to miss the parallels with Chen's own life. show more

  • 63
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity. show more

  • 50
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Sacrifice wants to have it both ways. It's willing neither to give itself up to the goofy sincerity of genre conventions nor to make the demands on viewers that serious drama requires. The sacrifices Chen's characters make would signify that much more if he'd made a sacrifice or two himself. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The Fifth Generation filmmaker has aced such recipes before (e.g. The Emperor and the Assassin); this time, both the spectacular and the human elements have apparently been offered to the gods. show more

  • 70
    Leslie Felperin Variety

    Sacrifice is practically a chamber piece, and duly draws its strength from its performances, especially those of Ge and Wang. show more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times

    Sacrifice is mostly a melodrama concerned with deception, betrayal and just what makes a family. It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    It's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others. show more

  • 40
    Nick Schager Village Voice

    Chen's attention to character over spectacle pays minimal dividends and is compounded by the fact that his battles - full of standard-issue slow motion and hacked-off limbs - are as dull as an overused blade. show more

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