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1911 Reviews

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
October 7, 2011
Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
Movieline
October 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 5, 2011
You're likely to come away from it not knowing that much more about the 1911 Chinese Revolution and caring even less.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 6, 2011
1911 serves too many masters for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 5, 2011
Corny, preachy and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 10, 2011
A historical superproduction in which style, aside from committee-made, widescreen tedium, is spectacularly absent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
November 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: D
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 7, 2011
Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
October 4, 2011
Chan has not injected any of his playful charm or physical virtuosity into Wang Xingdong's and Chen Baoguang's insipid, poorly structured screenplay.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
... a dry history lesson ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 7, 2011
May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
If the success of epic storytelling were determined by the sheer number of unnecessary on-screen name tags, 1911 would be a masterpiece. But the small matters of characterization, audience identification, and scene-making are entirely absent here.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
October 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 6, 2011
With "1911,'' art direction speaks louder than words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 11, 2011
...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 | Original Score: 1/10
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Justin Chang
Variety
October 4, 2011
The revolutionaries who fought to free China from nearly 3,000 years of dynastic oppression deserve a worthier cinematic monument than 1911.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
October 6, 2011
[A] bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period epic co-directed by Jackie Chan and Zhang Li.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2011
Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 7, 2011
Plodding account of how a rebel uprising led by Sun Yat-Sen helped overthrow the Qing dynasty in China.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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