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Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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Louis Proyect

Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.

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July 27, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The art of war done John Woo style, Red Cliff is an entertaining and grandiose return to form by the master of action cinema.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The director's magnum opus.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 29, 2010
Sean Axmaker

... a magnificent military epic with the scale of Lord of the Rings and the grand visual majesty of the recent wave of Chinese historical epics...

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March 30, 2010
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

After years of civil war, Prime Minister General Cao Cao attempts to unite the empire under the Han Dynasty by quashing two troublesome warlords.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

March 25, 2010
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's like the most complicated game of Stratego ever. Still, if you used to while away Saturday afternoons watching martial arts epics on cable, you'll have a good time.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 12, 2010
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

You may have the biggest flat-screen DLP monitor in the city, but Red Cliff will never look half as spectacular as it will on the big -- and I mean really big -- screen.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

John Woo's best work has always been mysterious to me. He makes operas - we don't need to understand the words to sense their power.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 86/100

December 28, 2009

Detroit News
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The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

December 18, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
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It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 15, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

This is one of the best foreign language films of 2009. Woo demonstrates a storytelling style of swiftness and grandeur that has been compared to the samurai classics of Akira Kurosawa.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 12, 2009
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.

December 11, 2009
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

As drama Red Cliff is overwrought. As spectacle, though, John Woo's latest is the real thing, an old-fashioned cast-of-thousands collision of armies.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 11, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It reminded me of a Road Runner cartoon. The battlefield violence is essentially repetitious, but Woo -- the auteur as Wile E. Coyote -- introduces gimmicks ('the tortoise formation'), tricks and variations to keep things interesting.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2009
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

As hard as it tries, Red Cliff just can't muster the heavily filtered mythmaking of the war films of Steven Spielberg and David Lean. And thank goodness for that.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Flaws and all, you can't watch a frame of it without feeling that it has been generations since Hollywood tackled anything on this scale.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2009
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

One of the most exhilarating action movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 9, 2009
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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It's hard to know what we're missing from the extended cut, but this Red Cliff feels awfully complete to me.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 7, 2009
Rubin Safaya

The film's countless canned platitudes aside, an intriguing plot unfolds wherein intellect and brute strength play against one another...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

December 6, 2009
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