1911 meanders through its interminable two-hour running time with a collection of scenes that feel more like liner notes from a history book than an actual screenplay.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A haphazard grab-bag of context-free fight scenes, cardboard characters and constant title cards explaining key details that the film itself can't reveal in any other way.
| Original Score: D
...this long, boring, convoluted, confusing, feeble, disgraceful film is nothing more than a clumsy Chinese Communist attempt to paint Sun Yat sen, a freedom-lover, as an early Communist.
| Original Score: 1/10
At two full hours the pace drags in the final quarter.
A historical superproduction in which style, aside from committee-made, widescreen tedium, is spectacularly absent.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang!
| Original Score: 2/4
... a dry history lesson ...
| Original Score: 2/5
This one is a noble failure.
The Revolution will not be televised, Gil Scott-Heron once sang. Nor should it be filmed, we might add -- at least not as a costume drama with stirring speeches, an inspirational love story and gloriously heroic military charges.
Plodding account of how a rebel uprising led by Sun Yat-Sen helped overthrow the Qing dynasty in China.
Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.
Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.
What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
With "1911,'' art direction speaks louder than words.
It's overlong, disjointed, a greatest hits of important moments with inadequate connective tissue, impossible to comprehend without prior detailed knowledge of everything it recounts.
| Original Score: 4/10
[A] bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period epic co-directed by Jackie Chan and Zhang Li.
1911 serves too many masters for its own good.
You're likely to come away from it not knowing that much more about the 1911 Chinese Revolution and caring even less.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Corny, preachy and tedious.