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The Sorcerer and the White Snake Reviews

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

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

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2/4

February 5, 2013
Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 1.5/5

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

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2011
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 29, 2011
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 30, 2011
Rob Vaux

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

February 8, 2013
Simon Abrams
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 6, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

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

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February 10, 2013
Justin Chang
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A silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 4, 2013
Mark Jenkins
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These showdowns feature spectacular, Lord of the Rings-style CGI settings, but not much in the way of thrills or terror.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 7, 2013
Chris Sawin

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 Source: | Original Score: 6/10

April 10, 2013
Michael Simms
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 29, 2011
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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 Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 10, 2013
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Fantastic visuals and non-stop action make for a spectacular, romantic Chinese CGI feast.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 12, 2012
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