Warlords (Tau ming chong) Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2010
How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Rob Nelson
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2010
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 2, 2010
At 113 minutes (the original Chinese edition runs 126 minutes), The Warlords is overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
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David Germain
Associated Press
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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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
March 31, 2010
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 31, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
November 7, 2008
Side-stepping the cold-steel visual perfection of 'Hero' and the fairytale detachment of 'Crouching Tiger...', the film hews closer to 'Spartacus'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.