Jianyu (Reign of Assassins) Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 17, 2013
After a decent enough opening it becomes a fairly ordinary affair, the principal attraction residing in the heroine's weirdly flexible sword.
Jamie Healy
Radio Times
February 15, 2013
A female warrior attempts to leave her killing days behind in this polished but overblown Chinese period swordplay adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
February 15, 2013
The flashing blades and swirling choreography of the endless fight scenes and the charisma of Yeoh keep you engaged but the end result falls far short of her Crouching Tiger triumph a decade ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
February 15, 2013
the film uses its wire-fu trappings to allegorise Buddhist notions of self-transformation in a world of illusions. Throw in some inventive chopsocky tempered by romance, and you have a fatalistic wuxia about the martial pursuit of a "normal life".
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 14, 2013
A John Woo-chaperoned, Michelle Yeoh-starring martial arts adventure is a bit run-of-the-mill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
February 14, 2013
Although it drags on a little too long, this Chinese martial arts flick is thoroughly entertaining, thanks to its even pace, strong performances and impressive choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2013
Come for the crunching fight sequences and balletic wire-fu, stay for some surprisingly affecting character moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
February 11, 2013
There's little about Chao-Bin's other work to suggest the splendidly choreographed ballets of swordplay that feature here, with Woo's dexterous hand obvious in the fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Kelly
Total Film
February 4, 2013
This is fun and well-paced with fight sequences that, while not exactly screaming "Woo", still manage to dance off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 9, 2011
Reign of Assassins offers plenty of exciting sequences, but it frustratingly never fully delivers what it promises to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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