The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Promise (Master of Crimson Armor) (Wu ji) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
More risible than poetic
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The Promise is an over-wrought and laughably goofy film, an empty and pale imitation of the far better films that have gone on before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Mark R. Leeper
May 13, 2007
Faustian bargain with a goddess. Huge armies march. Men out-race the wind. Assassins make devious plots. Spectacular scenes generated largely in computers.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 29, 2007
Medieval Chinese legend, along with myths of the new market economy.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 19, 2007
A queer camp classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
A fairy tale for adults that allows the viewer to inhabit an entirely different world, and in doing so, becomes an exercise of the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
May 26, 2006
Beautiful but slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 25, 2006
Has been criticized by some reviewers for its low-tech special effects. Curiously, I found this technical transparency part of the film's enormous charm.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 25, 2006
An epic fantasy that tries to outdo Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but doesn't touch us emotionally.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 11, 2006
Chen Kaige may seriously think he's creating film art in his empty Promise, but he's best at slinging bull, lots of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 11, 2006
if you can plant your tongue in your cheek and accept the exuberant goofiness of the special effects, "The Promise" actually turns out to be a decently entertaining slash-and-kick flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
May 8, 2006
Just about everything is choppy.
| Original Score: 5/10
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
May 6, 2006
Dazzling if not always coherent.
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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
May 6, 2006
This isn't nearly as good as it claims to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
May 5, 2006
Confused and cartoonish
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 5, 2006
The finale [is] literally a deus ex machina, which will thrill classic-lit majors but leave everyone else feel cheated.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 5, 2006
Flimsy, fake-looking weaponry, bad wigs, grandiose scoring, overacting, simplistic dialogue, illogically elaborate staging, and a plot that goes out of its way to be predictable...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 5, 2006
Chen Kaige clearly intended this Chinese fantasy-action spectacle to top Zhang Yimou's Hero, and I must admit that I prefer it to the earlier movie.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 5, 2006
The Promise is too full of frenetic disconnection and arbitrary comings and goings to connect meaningfully with the hearts and minds of its audience.
Ethan Alter
TV Guide
May 5, 2006
Chen's tale of mythic chivalry is filled with beautifully designed sets, lovingly detailed costumes and elaborate martial-arts sequences. Unfortunately, it also sports amateurish digital effects that often mar the beauty of this world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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