• Warlords
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: Jan 5, 2010

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Warlords (Tau ming chong) Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 1, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2010
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's all lavish, if disposable. But in a nifty change of pace, the warriors in The Warlords are interesting.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Rob Nelson
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 2, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 2, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Fans of action master Jet Li won't be disappointed, even if the opportunities for virtuoso maneuvers by him are few.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2010
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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Although the film is impressive in its physical aspects, the adultery of Pang and his blood brother's wife, Lian (Xu Jinglei), is underdrawn as a sexual skirmish whose influence on events is diminished.

April 2, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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At 113 minutes (the original Chinese edition runs 126 minutes), The Warlords is overlong.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

April 2, 2010
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 1, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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The battle sequences [are] suitably intense, especially in the early going, when Li, Lau, and Kaneshiro, low on manpower, rely on wicked-looking traps and ambushes to get the job done.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 1, 2010
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Chan's old-fashioned, highly watchable mega-production comes complete with God's-eye surveys of mass carnage, the moist sounds of sword-skewering, and little or no discernible CGI.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 31, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Blood, sweat and tears flow in this grimy action-adventure-cum-male-melodrama, which features a Pan-Asian superstar trifecta doing their best to emphatically outgrimace each other.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2010
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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Side-stepping the cold-steel visual perfection of 'Hero' and the fairytale detachment of 'Crouching Tiger...', the film hews closer to 'Spartacus'

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

November 7, 2008
Derek Elley
Variety
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Laden with gritty action, but with an emotional undertow that carries the drama even through its weaker moments, pic reps a strong comeback by Hong Kong helmer-producer Peter Chan.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
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