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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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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.
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
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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.
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
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
May 6, 2006
Dazzling if not always coherent.
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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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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 5, 2006
The Promise is one of those movies in which the individual sequences seem to surpass the overall achievement.
| Original Score: B
Randy Myers
Contra Costa Times
May 5, 2006
It's impossible not to be bowled over by the magnificent costumes, the atmospheric otherworldly sets and the lush cinematography. The tragic, nearly operatic love isn't nearly as impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 4, 2006
It's not a bad movie by any means; it just fails to be as great as its individual components would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 4, 2006
It's not exactly high art, nor is it zippy fun, but it definitely has something, a lack of pretentiousness perhaps?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
May 4, 2006
If you are partial to exquisitely filmed movies, you will absolutely not want to miss this one.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 4, 2006
Fans of newer Asian martial-arts movies will be satisfied with The Promise, especially because it contains the aerial wirework and swordplay expected of such movies. But the film is not as accomplished as the work of Ang Lee or Yimou Zhang.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 4, 2006
... a storybook myth of tall tales and tragic sacrifices driven at a breathless pace.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 4, 2006
A lavish spectacle somewhere between grand opera and cartoon about a love triangle involving a general, a slave and a cursed princess.
| Original Score: 3/5
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