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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Original and thrilling martial-arts choreography, a lean, hard-driving story and solemn atmosphere make The Princess Blade -- a futuristic tale -- stand way above the pack. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Can't decide if it's a martial-arts thriller or a sappy soap opera. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This is a movie about excess. It's excessively long (at least it feels that way), the slo-mo is used in excess (so are the swords), and our heroine, Yuki (Yumiko Shaku), when she does emote, is excessively weepy for a coldblooded assassin. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Adventurous viewers will find this unusual genre hybrid an intriguing experience, and Donnie Yen's fight choreography is breathtaking. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    Yumiko Shaku as Yuki is small, beautiful, and stunningly sexy while she plies her deadly skill like a dancer. Her self-assured poise and large expressive eyes say everything that the minimal dialogue doesn’t. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    The Princess Blade opens with one of the most note-perfect action sequences ever committed to film. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Hunter Washington Post

    It's all story, character and dazzling martial arts violence, as orchestrated by fight choreographer Donnie Yen at breakneck speed. show more

  • 60
    Ed Park Village Voice

    Yuki's streamlined revenge story (the furious, elegant choreography is by HK maestro Donnie Yen) has in its modest dimensions a surprising grace. show more

  • 60
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    With its stylized, near-surreal comic-book look and roots, The Princess Blade has all the makings of a cult film. show more

  • 60
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    Not quite good enough to jump out of the pack of Asian swordplay movies but is too well crafted to sink into utter anonymity. show more

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