The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 5, 2006
With The Promise Chen Kaige has proven enough of a professional that he can make the product. But he remains too much of an artist not to scribble on his signature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 5, 2006
Chen's strength seems to be more with character-driven stories; here's hoping that his next film returns to more comfortable ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2006
Laden with a plot that could generously be called silly or, less forgivingly, stupid, it never achieves lift-off despite numerous scenes of warriors doing battle in midair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 5, 2006
Everyone is a maximal design statement plugged into volatile action and pretty scenery, but it might be the deluxe origami folding of a silk diaper, its myth-telling so primal as to seem childish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 5, 2006
It's another intriguing entry in the sometimes wacky, often wonderful world of kung-fu fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pam Grady
Reel.com
May 5, 2006
It's a colorful, kaleidoscopic film, but it's also far too obvious that the actors are standing in front of green screens.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
May 5, 2006
Gorgeous costumes, elaborate fights and the illusion of swooning romance don't amount to very much if you don't care about any of the characters for a single second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2006
Simply in terms of its visual poetry, the exhilarating effects of image upon image of dazzling impossibility, The Promise is not to be missed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 5, 2006
The Promise is sumptuous and beautiful and as silly as a sack of nose glasses.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 5, 2006
[The film elicits] the wide-eyed joy of seeing hundreds of soldiers ride through sets of colossal extravagance. And the sweet release of, briefly, suspending all holds on reality or even logic -- and surrendering to the joys of a fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 5, 2006
The Promise employs laughable computer effects and second-rate martial-arts fighting to tell the hard-to-figure story of a princess and her three lovers.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 5, 2006
There's a studied artificiality and painterliness about the backgrounds that works nicely with a story that's about as far from realism as you can get. For many that will be enough. For the rest of us, The Promise slowly slides into an exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 5, 2006
Overwrought and hokey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 5, 2006
Fish gotta fly, birds gotta swim, and arthouse directors gotta try their hands at mega-budget action films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 5, 2006
As is evident by the film's strong start and faltering finale, the trouble with any promise is failing to keep it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 5, 2006
In the midst of such unrelenting splendour, it's easy to nod gratefully -- and then to nod off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
May 5, 2006
The utter excess of it all -- from gloriously bad wigs to obviously CGI-enhanced action scenes -- is entertaining in all the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 5, 2006
Much of The Promise resembles a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, which makes it tough to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 5, 2006
Perhaps the least-satisfying of the many martial-arts/costume dramas that have followed in the wake of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 5, 2006
The Promise is one of those movies in which the individual sequences seem to surpass the overall achievement.
| Original Score: B
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