The Beginning of a Great Revival Reviews

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Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
January 6, 2012
History of Chinese Communism drowns in data.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 9, 2011
Epic with production values and a terrific ensemble cast, but often bland and emotionally hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.19/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
June 30, 2011
The technical accomplishment and narrative scope of this propagandistic telling of the origins of the Chinese Communist Party stand in contrast to plotting that is stodgy and characterizations that are thin and functionally sketched.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 24, 2011
"Revival" is a proud statement by an ascendant society. But it demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2011
The highly-charged crowd scenes in which dissidents clash with authorities are staged with visual flair, conveying an exhilarating sense of self-empowerment which is the essence of revolution.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2011
"Great Revival" is in many ways the very definition of propaganda - it even ends with an image of a waving flag - but "Revival" is too harmlessly flabby to be taken quite that seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 23, 2011
Perhaps the translation is at fault here, but why does the dialogue consistently do so little to flesh out the characters?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 23, 2011
A muddled would-be epic of the Chinese Communist Party's founding, this all-star propaganda pageant plays like an incoherent lesson plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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