The acting is uniformly compelling.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's no denying its visual appeal.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 2/4
Remarkable for its stimulating, metaphor-rich setting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B-
The best case for Warriors ... is its cinematic time travels and its peek into the natural wildness of a long-closed countryside.
He Ping brings to his tale characters who are more dimensional than the usual symbolic figures of traditional Chinese period epics.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's well worth seeing just for the embellishments.
A fitfully rousing but too derivative mishmash of genre tropes.
A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.