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Confucius Reviews

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Don Groves

Chow Yun-fat fails to inspire as Chinese philosopher.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2011
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

The narrative feels unfocused at times and the pace is changeable, but give it a chance and the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least, will win you over.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Chow Yun-fat plays the philosopher with dignified aplomb; otherwise, we rely on action as much as words, and never learn enough about the man.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This ambitious biopic feels chopped down from something much longer, as it leaps through the story without giving us much to engage with.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 29, 2010
Anton Bitel

it celebrates the ethics of what would later become known as Confucianism, but also stages the mismatch between high ideals and realpolitik - as though to say that there was no place in China for China's greatest thinker.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 27, 2010

Daily Express

A ponderous, underwhelming epic.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2010
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

For its faults and excesses, Confucius may be the trickle that turns into a flood. Western audiences will learn to love it. They will have little choice.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The ancient Chinese philosopher, he say Chow Yun-Fat no good at playing him, no good at all, in this painfully dreary epic biopic.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

September 23, 2010
Xan Brooks

Its constant bowing and scraping set my teeth on edge. Confucius loves Confucius -- endlessly and unconditionally -- and flatly demands that we do too.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

September 23, 2010

Total Film

"If the world will come to know me at all, it'll be because of this book," says Confucius (aka Kong Qiu or Zhong Ni) of his life's work, The Analects Of Confucius. Best not bother with the movie, then.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2010
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

Beautifully shot (by Crouching Tiger cameraman Peter Pau) and contains a magnetic central performance from the ever-charismatic Chow.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2010
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