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Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) Reviews

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An ambitious film that unsuccessfully tries to mix elements of a movie Western with mystical elements from Buddhist folklore.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 2, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Warriors ransacks enough of the dust-swept battle genre (start with Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, and John Ford) to have no rousing or opulent B-movie personality of its own.

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

September 10, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Despite the breathtaking locales, Warriors of Heaven and Earth is impossibly cheesy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 4, 2004
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

It's good to look at but plodding, even numbing.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 14, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Impressively filmed but not dramatic enough to justify its length.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2004
Derek Elley
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A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 18, 2003
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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A fitfully rousing but too derivative mishmash of genre tropes.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 31, 2004
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2004
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Unfortunately, the two main protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Lai Xi, are too much the strong, silent type to engage us as heroes, or even characters.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2004

E! Online

Shoots for a heavenly grandeur that it fails to achieve.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

August 28, 2004
Eric D. Snider

Takes all the elements of the classic Westerns, mixes them with Eastern spiritualism, and comes out with a film that is at least noteworthy, if not especially brilliant.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

December 18, 2004
David Cornelius

There are scenes here that will stick in your brain for days.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2004
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's too busy courting genre cliches to mine anything transcendent, which runs counter to the promise inherent in the title.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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For eyes that have overindulged in the stylized razzle-dazzle of Hero, the grit, dust, and occasional cheese of Warriors of Heaven and Earth come as a corrective slap.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2004
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

An enjoyably pulpy story, occasionally slow-moving and pretentious

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

October 25, 2004
Ned Martel
New York Times
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The best case for Warriors ... is its cinematic time travels and its peek into the natural wildness of a long-closed countryside.

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

September 2, 2004
Harvey S. Karten

Move over Peter Jackson and see battle scenes between human beings!

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

August 18, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Be patient, and you'll get rewarded with a good old-fashioned castle siege that's worth the wait.

Full Review Source: New Times

September 9, 2004
David Chute
L.A. Weekly
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It's well worth seeing just for the embellishments.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 2, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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He Ping brings to his tale characters who are more dimensional than the usual symbolic figures of traditional Chinese period epics.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 2, 2004

Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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