Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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Louis Proyect
July 27, 2012
Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
The director's magnum opus.
Sean Axmaker
March 30, 2010
... 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...
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
After years of civil war, Prime Minister General Cao Cao attempts to unite the empire under the Han Dynasty by quashing two troublesome warlords.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 28, 2009
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 | Original Score: 86/100
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Detroit News
December 18, 2009
The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2009
It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
December 11, 2009
A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 11, 2009
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2009
Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 9, 2009
One of the most exhilarating action movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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