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1911 Reviews

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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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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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.