Dragon

Dragon

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Dragon Reviews

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Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 2, 2013

Yen again proves one of the few martial artists equally adept with subtler emotional beats.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013

Dragon roars.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Carnevale
The List
April 30, 2013

Chan's film may be derivative of plenty of other films (most notably David Cronenberg's A History of Violence) but it manages to keep things fresh and exciting.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2013

Full of blistering action sequences worthy of the Shaw Brothers legacy. A treat for martial arts fans.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
April 16, 2013

A superior martial arts film with excellent cinematography and a story to match.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
March 22, 2013

a mannered mix of detective story, morality tale, family tragedy and Buddhist allegory, all wrapped in virtuoso visuals and some very tricksy action choreography... The story may be familiar, but wuxia has never quite looked like this before.

Neil Smith
Total Film
March 22, 2013

Peter Ho-Sun Chan's frenetic, high-kicking thriller runs a full 20 minutes shorter than it did at Cannes in 2011 and feels all the better for it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
December 1, 2012

Dragon delivers a few swift kicks and a barrage of bone crunching punches to the standard expectations of a remake. Dragon is a stunning display of martial arts action, mesmerizing detective work, and engaging performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 30, 2012

Gracefully acted, brilliantly shot, and effortlessly combining both character study and superb butt kicking, Wu Xia is an excellent post-modern subgenre gem.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 30, 2012

"Dragon" has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
November 30, 2012

The movie hurtles along at a pitch of sentiment and melodrama that would make MGM blush, and it's mostly very diverting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR
Top Critic
November 29, 2012

The widescreen cinematography and mountain rain-forest locations retain their interest, as does the deftly incongruous score, which ranges from samba to hard rock.

Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
November 29, 2012

A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
November 29, 2012

What it lacks in plot development, it gains in sheer momentum and an outstanding performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alison Willmore
AV Club
Top Critic
November 29, 2012

Yen's strengths have never been in his expressiveness, and Dragon plods when it centers on dramatic struggles, then leaps exhilaratingly to life whenever the fighting begins.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
November 29, 2012

A fun collision of "A History of Violence," traditional over-the-top Hong Kong martial arts pictures and sort of a "C.S.I.: Yunnan Province."

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 27, 2012

It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 27, 2012

Hi-ya!-accentuated kung fu smackdowns make everything better.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
November 26, 2012

Both a throwback to and a commentary on the swordplay genre that used to dominate Asian cinema, Dragon is so clever and well-made that it might win over a broader-than-usual audience here.

Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 21, 2012

Peter Ho-Sun Chan and Deonnie Yen Chan are too resourceful to let things remain dull for long.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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