Let the Bullets Fly Reviews

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Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 19, 2012
Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
March 1, 2012
A ribald mess of a farce whose finer qualities will likely be lost on non-Chinese-speaking audiences and others not familiar with 1920s warlord lore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 16, 2012
Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 1, 2012
At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Not exactly a western, barely an action film and hardly a historical drama, the Chinese saga "Let the Bullets Fly" promises genre pleasures it routinely leaves un-triggered in its chamber.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 19, 2012
It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Don't even try to keep up with the labyrinthine plot and triple-layered identity confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 8, 2012
Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 29, 2012
This period action comedy by Jiang Wen is great fun in the Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, and stolen-identity subplots.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012
"Let the Bullets Fly" has a clearly defined moral dimension, but Mr. Jiang, an absurdist at heart, never lets it interfere with the fun.
Henry Barnes
Guardian
August 16, 2012
Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy - there's something for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 1, 2012
Chow and Jiang having an especially great, crackling chemistry based off surface agreeableness, hidden aggression, and below that, an almost-fond recognition that they're all just crooks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
April 29, 2011
A genre-crossing Yojimbo-like satire ... rife with trickery, gamesmanship, and bloodshed
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film...
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
April 30, 2011
The world of difference in tone and content between actor-turned-director Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly and his masterful Devils on the Doorstep can be seen in the former film's deceptively happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2011
A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 9, 2012
The real pleasure is seeing Chow and Jiang square off. Chow mugs for the camera with the same finesse as he handles guns in Woo's films.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 26, 2012
[VIDEO] East meets West in actor/director Jiang Wen's wily take on the spaghetti western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
Variety
April 27, 2011
A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
September 28, 2011
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