Dragon Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 29, 2012
The large canvas and pseudo-superhero tactics work for a bit, but then the action gets sidetracked in place of myth-building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 29, 2012
As a whole, it does not quite work, especially at the end, when Mr. Chan tries for a Shakespearean climax of filial rebellion and paternal rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
December 10, 2012
An exhilarating opening fight scene sets the stage for this otherwise cheesy chop-socky Hong Kong saga.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 3, 2013
There are good action sequences but it has been ham-fistedly cut for UK distribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
Dragon roars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Sawin
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
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
Roger Moore
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."
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
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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
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-
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.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 2, 2011
It's been described by its makers as 'Colombo meets CSI' but this doesn't fully capture the epic tone and the brilliant images that fuel one of the most interesting of recent Chinese films with martial arts traditions
Bill Gibron
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
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
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 27, 2012
It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 27, 2012
Hi-ya!-accentuated kung fu smackdowns make everything better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
May 2, 2013
Yen again proves one of the few martial artists equally adept with subtler emotional beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 29, 2012
A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful.
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