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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2006
A mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
May 4, 2006
The over-the-top acting is forgivable, but the plot's incoherence is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2006
Oddly, The Promise -- which takes place hundreds, even thousands, of years ago, when art directors ruled the earth -- is flagrantly otherworldly but in a way that somehow weighs the picture down.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
More risible than poetic
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 3, 2006
Poor CG effects reduce Chen Kaige's martial fantasy to cartoonishness.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 4, 2006
The Promise has gorgeous visuals (in these movies, the cherry trees are always in bloom). But it's marred by stuttery storytelling and cruddy special effects.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Barsanti
May 4, 2006
barely delivers the goods necessary for the genre
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 21, 2006
Pilfers as many elements from House of Flying Daggers as copyrights will permit.
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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.
Brian Orndorf
May 4, 2006
The characters are written with needed depth, but Kaige can't make them pop off the screen in the same manner as his ballistic action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 3, 2006
A messy fairy tale that speaks to tainted ambition and destiny.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rubin Safaya
May 4, 2006
While the visuals are often quite beautiful, the film is structurally identical to most other popular Chinese epics which, in my mind, have become the East Asian equivalent of Bollywood Cinema -- trash that looks like art to the average viewer.
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
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Robert Koehler
January 3, 2006
Even in fantasy, an internal logic must apply.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 2, 2006
You can't help wondering how the same Fifth Gen filmmaker who made Yellow Earth and Life on a String could've fallen on such hard times, or justified such goofiness to himself.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2006
I can't imagine Road Runner was what Chen had in mind for the most expensive movie ever made in China...
Read More | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
May 4, 2006
A princess with a curse, a case of mistaken identity and some of the worst special effects in a film by a world-class director.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 5, 2006
It suggests that talented Chinese directors are being led astray by the seductions of CGI and wirework fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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