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Confucius Reviews

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au
February 7, 2011
Chow Yun-fat fails to inspire as Chinese philosopher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 29, 2010
This ambitious biopic feels chopped down from something much longer, as it leaps through the story without giving us much to engage with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 23, 2010
The ancient Chinese philosopher, he say Chow Yun-Fat no good at playing him, no good at all, in this painfully dreary epic biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 23, 2010
Its constant bowing and scraping set my teeth on edge. Confucius loves Confucius -- endlessly and unconditionally -- and flatly demands that we do too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
September 23, 2010
"If the world will come to know me at all, it'll be because of this book," says Confucius (aka Kong Qiu or Zhong Ni) of his life's work, The Analects Of Confucius. Best not bother with the movie, then.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Express (UK)
September 27, 2010
A ponderous, underwhelming epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
October 13, 2010
The narrative feels unfocused at times and the pace is changeable, but give it a chance and the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least, will win you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
September 23, 2010
Beautifully shot (by Crouching Tiger cameraman Peter Pau) and contains a magnetic central performance from the ever-charismatic Chow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
September 24, 2010
For its faults and excesses, Confucius may be the trickle that turns into a flood. Western audiences will learn to love it. They will have little choice.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
September 27, 2010
it celebrates the ethics of what would later become known as Confucianism, but also stages the mismatch between high ideals and realpolitik - as though to say that there was no place in China for China's greatest thinker.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 29, 2010
Chow Yun-fat plays the philosopher with dignified aplomb; otherwise, we rely on action as much as words, and never learn enough about the man.
| Original Score: 3/5
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