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1911 Reviews

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October 7, 2011
Students of revolutionary Chinese history can have fun checking them off. Look, there's Li Yuanhong! And over there, Feng Guozhang!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2011
It's overlong, disjointed, a greatest hits of important moments with inadequate connective tissue, impossible to comprehend without prior detailed knowledge of everything it recounts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 5, 2011
You're likely to come away from it not knowing that much more about the 1911 Chinese Revolution and caring even less.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
October 6, 2011
1911 serves too many masters for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2011
Corny, preachy and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2011
A historical superproduction in which style, aside from committee-made, widescreen tedium, is spectacularly absent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 4, 2011
A haphazard grab-bag of context-free fight scenes, cardboard characters and constant title cards explaining key details that the film itself can't reveal in any other way.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 7, 2011
Earnest and studious to a fault. Rarely has a film about upheaval felt more like a textbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2011
Chan has not injected any of his playful charm or physical virtuosity into Wang Xingdong's and Chen Baoguang's insipid, poorly structured screenplay.
October 7, 2011
... a dry history lesson ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2011
May be slow going for anyone not well-versed in this chapter of Chinese history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2011
If the success of epic storytelling were determined by the sheer number of unnecessary on-screen name tags, 1911 would be a masterpiece. But the small matters of characterization, audience identification, and scene-making are entirely absent here.
October 6, 2011
What should be rousing stuff - a republic is born! the chains of feudalism thrown off! - remains a kind of lavishly illustrated history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 6, 2011
With "1911,'' art direction speaks louder than words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 11, 2011
...this long, boring, convoluted, confusing, feeble, disgraceful film is nothing more than a clumsy Chinese Communist attempt to paint Sun Yat sen, a freedom-lover, as an early Communist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
October 4, 2011
The revolutionaries who fought to free China from nearly 3,000 years of dynastic oppression deserve a worthier cinematic monument than 1911.
October 6, 2011
[A] bombastic, incoherent, though occasionally eloquent period epic co-directed by Jackie Chan and Zhang Li.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 7, 2011
Packed with so many characters and subtitled history lessons it barely allows its excellent main cast room to maneuver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2011
Plodding account of how a rebel uprising led by Sun Yat-Sen helped overthrow the Qing dynasty in China.
October 7, 2011
The Revolution will not be televised, Gil Scott-Heron once sang. Nor should it be filmed, we might add -- at least not as a costume drama with stirring speeches, an inspirational love story and gloriously heroic military charges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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