• R, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jackie Chan , Li Zhang
    In Theaters:
    Oct 7, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 10, 2012
  • Variance Films
  • 1911
    1 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: Sep 22, 2011


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1911 Reviews

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Richard Haridy

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 25, 2013
Rob Vaux

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.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: D

November 4, 2011
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

...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.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 1/10

October 11, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

At two full hours the pace drags in the final quarter.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

October 11, 2011
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A historical superproduction in which style, aside from committee-made, widescreen tedium, is spectacularly absent.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 10, 2011
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang!

Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... a dry history lesson ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

This one is a noble failure.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Plodding account of how a rebel uprising led by Sun Yat-Sen helped overthrow the Qing dynasty in China.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 7, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 6, 2011
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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With "1911,'' art direction speaks louder than words.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 6, 2011
Alison Willmore

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.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 4/10

October 6, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

[A] bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period epic co-directed by Jackie Chan and Zhang Li.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 6, 2011
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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1911 serves too many masters for its own good.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2011
Edward Douglas

You're likely to come away from it not knowing that much more about the 1911 Chinese Revolution and caring even less.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 4.5/10

October 5, 2011
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Corny, preachy and tedious.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2011
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