Warlords (Tau ming chong) Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 31, 2012

This film has real scope, showing fantastic battle sequences that rival Hollywood films like Braveheart.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
July 1, 2010

... a muscular character piece set against a massive war and the power relationships behind the battles (as well as more severed limbs than I've seen in a single film).

Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
July 1, 2010

Doesn't break ground; in fact, it carries on a tradition. But it does so with both flair and passion.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
April 29, 2010

The film has the dirty-fingernails realism of a Peckinpah western, and the same remorseless pessimism about the ultimate fate of men who live near death.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
April 15, 2010

A tale of noble brotherhood compromised by self-interest and a messy love triangle, The Warlords, ultimately, tries to speak to the futility of war - but it does so by staging one gargantuan dustup after another.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 13, 2010

Too much eeyaahhh and probably not enough kiss-kiss meow-meow.

Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2010

Veteran action choreographer Ching Siu-Tung deserves a good share of the credit, since the gritty, exciting battle scenes are the film's heart.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
April 8, 2010

The Warlords gets a release in the United States nearly 2 1/2 years after its Hong Kong premiere, and it's a wonder it took so long.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 8, 2010

The resulting spectacle directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, a prolific Hong Kong filmmaker whose previous credits include the English title "Tom, Dick and Hairy," is a historically factual war movie about the Taiping Rebellion, a love story and a luscious depi

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
April 8, 2010

It's all lavish, if disposable. But in a nifty change of pace, the warriors in The Warlords are interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 7, 2010

The action scenes are good (Chan began his career as an assistant director to John Woo), but they fall between many scenes of Li shedding rivers of not-so-manly, and very uncharacteristic, tears.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010

Big and raw, it also feels slightly rambling, perhaps trying to tell too much in one go

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Nelson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
April 2, 2010

Chan's old-fashioned, highly watchable megaproduction comes complete with God's-eye surveys of mass carnage, the moist sounds of sword-skewering, and little or no discernible CGI.

Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 2, 2010

It is the rising friction between the blood brothers that holds the story together. The arguments about loyalty and larger missions that tear at their alliance feel both age old and completely current.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
April 2, 2010

Fans of action master Jet Li won't be disappointed, even if the opportunities for virtuoso maneuvers by him are few.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
April 2, 2010

Doesn't make fighting look graceful, easy or fun, and that's a mark of its courage.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2010

My only question is, why did The Warlords take so long to get here?

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2010

One of the most bracing Asian period films in many years.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
April 2, 2010

Epic in scope but intimate in theme, The Warlords heaves with spectacular battles and the relentless sway of self-interest over conscience.

| Original Score: 3.5/5
David Germain
Associated Press
Top Critic
April 1, 2010

While Li, Lau and Kaneshiro bring warmth, humor and pathos to their roles as blood brothers bound for tragedy, they're better to watch in action or when quietly brooding than when pontificating on what they owe to one another and the warriors they lead.

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