What, if anything, the film's final burst of idealism offers universally is hard to say. But it feels good to see in these acrimonious days.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Though written too broadly to serve as the powerful allegorical tale writer/director Christina Yao intends, this historical epic is just compelling enough to be taken on its own terms.
| Original Score: 3/5
Occasionally muddled and always melodramatic, yet it's pictorially compelling, thanks to dramatic locations and exacting art direction.
| Original Score: 2/4
Makes for unwieldy melodrama, rather than the enthralling epic it might have been.
| Original Score: 2/5
[A] weirdly engaging tale of banking and bad behavior...
Epic in sweep and scale and packs in enough incident to cover two "Godfather" movies.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's decent, exoticized pulp with a porcelain veneer, and should be consumed idly.