The Sorcerer and the White Snake Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 12, 2014

Beautiful martial arts fantasy with scary imagery, violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Sawin
April 10, 2013

The Sorcerer and the White Snake is unfortunately just another average Jet Li film to throw into the pile. Its bloated and overloaded use of mediocre special effects practically shackles the film to its humdrum atmosphere.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 10, 2013

A masterpiece of imagination. Offers wall-to-wall goofy fun for fans of martial arts flicks, fantasies, or just good old-fashioned cinematic nuttiness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
February 10, 2013

This hyperactive assault on the senses from Hong Kong is noteworthy only for its dazzling array of computer-generated special effects.

Rob Vaux
February 8, 2013

We've seen this movie before, in better clothes and with a much higher IQ.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Jenkins
Top Critic
February 7, 2013

These showdowns feature spectacular, Lord of the Rings-style CGI settings, but not much in the way of thrills or terror.

Simon Abrams
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 6, 2013

The clunky action mostly revolves around uninspired wire-fu choreography: Monks fly around while flailing their arms as hordes of CGI creatures gather around and then do nothing.

Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
February 6, 2013

The film looks so glossy, plasticized, and unreal that all you end up thinking about is special effects.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
February 5, 2013

An amusing Chinese martial arts reminder that not all cheese comes from Switzerland, or Wisconsin.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Justin Chang
Top Critic
February 4, 2013

A silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget.

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
October 12, 2012

Fantastic visuals and non-stop action make for a spectacular, romantic Chinese CGI feast.

Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 30, 2011

It's a sometimes charming film from the veteran action filmmaker, but remains a curiosity, lacking comic sharpness and romantic intensity.

David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 29, 2011

There's hardly any love affair left really because the CGI has taken over with a vengeance. I got a bit bored by this, because it's just special effects, just CGI all the way through and the story is just shunted aside.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 29, 2011

The director has pulled out all stops to impress, perhaps a bit too excessively, so that the fragile emotions of this love affair are undermined.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Simms
FILMINK (Australia)
September 29, 2011

Though The Sorcerer and the White Snake is excessive and at times jumbled, younger viewers will surely respond to the colourful characters and settings, and the bold vision on display is charming... for the most part.

Simon Weaving
September 29, 2011

With the mushometer maxed out, and a score that starts on overdrive and heads for overbearing, this ridiculously melodramatic tale of forbidden love tries to bury its narrative flaws with a colourful coating of CGI - but ends up a shiny glutinous mess.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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