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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May 5, 2006
With The Promise Chen Kaige has proven enough of a professional that he can make the product. But he remains too much of an artist not to scribble on his signature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
Chen's strength seems to be more with character-driven stories; here's hoping that his next film returns to more comfortable ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Laden with a plot that could generously be called silly or, less forgivingly, stupid, it never achieves lift-off despite numerous scenes of warriors doing battle in midair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 5, 2006
Everyone is a maximal design statement plugged into volatile action and pretty scenery, but it might be the deluxe origami folding of a silk diaper, its myth-telling so primal as to seem childish.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
It's another intriguing entry in the sometimes wacky, often wonderful world of kung-fu fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 5, 2006
It's a colorful, kaleidoscopic film, but it's also far too obvious that the actors are standing in front of green screens.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Gorgeous costumes, elaborate fights and the illusion of swooning romance don't amount to very much if you don't care about any of the characters for a single second.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Simply in terms of its visual poetry, the exhilarating effects of image upon image of dazzling impossibility, The Promise is not to be missed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
The Promise is sumptuous and beautiful and as silly as a sack of nose glasses.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 5, 2006
[The film elicits] the wide-eyed joy of seeing hundreds of soldiers ride through sets of colossal extravagance. And the sweet release of, briefly, suspending all holds on reality or even logic -- and surrendering to the joys of a fairy tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
The Promise employs laughable computer effects and second-rate martial-arts fighting to tell the hard-to-figure story of a princess and her three lovers.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
May 5, 2006
There's a studied artificiality and painterliness about the backgrounds that works nicely with a story that's about as far from realism as you can get. For many that will be enough. For the rest of us, The Promise slowly slides into an exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
Overwrought and hokey.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
Fish gotta fly, birds gotta swim, and arthouse directors gotta try their hands at mega-budget action films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2006
As is evident by the film's strong start and faltering finale, the trouble with any promise is failing to keep it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
In the midst of such unrelenting splendour, it's easy to nod gratefully -- and then to nod off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
The utter excess of it all -- from gloriously bad wigs to obviously CGI-enhanced action scenes -- is entertaining in all the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 5, 2006
Much of The Promise resembles a Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, which makes it tough to take seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Perhaps the least-satisfying of the many martial-arts/costume dramas that have followed in the wake of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
The Promise is one of those movies in which the individual sequences seem to surpass the overall achievement.
Read More | Original Score: B
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