Cliff Walkers Reviews

May 14, 2021
Zhang, celebrated for both masterworks (Raise the Red Lantern), and pop hits (House of Flying Daggers), can't seem to make a film that isn't visually exquisite.
May 13, 2021
The action scenes are thrilling, but this is big, big, big melodrama!... It is an interesting history, a little bit of which comes to the fore in this film.
May 12, 2021
While there are some riches to be found under the surface for anyone who feels like watching this with a flow chart, Zhang is so clearly seduced by the spell of his own movie magic that everything else feels like an inadvertent side effect.
May 6, 2021
It's not top-shelf Yimou, but it still goes down smoothly.
May 3, 2021
By design or otherwise, "Cliff Walkers" isn't political enough to offend, or moving enough to last, but it is beautiful enough to pass the time pleasurably.
April 30, 2021
In many ways, Zhang's latest is the coldest film that he's made in a while, though it might also be his most alluring.
April 30, 2021
Call it patriotism or nationalism, the director and cast really sell it, complete with some blatant tear-jerking for the finale.
April 30, 2021
[T]he purities and virtues of wuxia do not translate to the convolutions of a formulaic cloak-and-dagger story.
April 30, 2021
The result is twisty and tense, ugly and gorgeous. Viewers will get pretty much what they expect, for worse and for better.
April 29, 2021
[A] visually entrancing parade of attractive actors in a pleasingly fluid spy-counterspy dance.
April 27, 2021
Cliff Walkers may be only moderately successful as a spy movie, but it's an evocative depiction of a specific place and time.