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The Guillotines (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 279

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Movie Info

It is the deadliest weapon made by man. The mere mention of its name fills hearts with terror. Long shrouded in mystery, it launches from a distance and locks onto the target's head, the internal blades decapitating the victim with the yank of a chain. A weapon of choice for elite fighters, the flying guillotine leaves victims begging for mercy. A secret brotherhood of assassins - known only as The Guillotines - were once favored by the Emperor, but are now a force of terror and oppression under … More

Rating:
R (for strong violent content)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 13, 2013
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Guillotines

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (9)

The lack of rip-roaring martial arts or even a half-decent storyline will leave genre aficionados feeling short-changed.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

The plot is of little importance - the spectacular action and gorgeous landscapes and costumes are what matter.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The Guillotines expends most of its energy in its first 30 minutes, leaving the audience with roughly 90 minutes of soapy Qing Dynasty fan fiction.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

A historical action epic set during the Qing dynasty that amounts to a bait-and-switch for wuxia fans stoked for steel-meets-flesh mayhem.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A corny saga of social and generational conflict, it's ultimately yet another Chinese period epic that functions as a thinly veiled treatise on the nobility of socialist equality.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Guillotines is an overdramatic and fluffy piece of cinema that has a few decent moments, but is otherwise forgettable.

Full Review… | August 18, 2013
Examiner.com

Any topical relevance for the material is compromised by a script that is woefully clumsy and melodramatic.

Full Review… | June 15, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

Although a bit too gory for me and difficult to follow at times, the film also boasts some gorgeous visuals as well as intriguing characters played by Ethan Juan and Xiaoming Huang.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Despite the multitude of cinematic tricks the prolific Andrew Lau has up his sleeve, the film is a disappointingly rote entry in the wuxia pantheon.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Slant Magazine

Clearly a commentary on the shifting status of rule in modern day China, the prolific Lau's latest is nevertheless an obtuse work that buries much of its subtext and historical relevance beneath overstated dramatics and cacophonous staging.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
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