Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Reviews

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July 17, 2019
It's said Zhang Ziyi didn't want to come back for the sequel unless Ang Lee returned as well. We can see why.
January 9, 2019
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping (who choreographed the fights for the first film), Sword of Destiny feels westernized in every sense of the word.
September 8, 2017
Nostalgia is nice, but Netflix should just focus on making better content.
August 2, 2016
The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel Sword of Destiny isn't as thoughtful as its predecessor, but its fight sequences will hold your attention.
May 25, 2016
It's not offensively bad. It's a kid's meal -- safe, but grown-ups will tire of it quickly.
April 11, 2016
With the original's wondrous, naturalist cinematography so clearly burned into the memory, it's difficult not to make an unfavorable comparison.
April 2, 2016
While it's also adapted from Wang Dulu's five-part Crane-Iron novel series, the new film ... feels like a slapdash piece of fan fiction.
March 21, 2016
The story just isn't as captivating as it needs to be.
March 17, 2016
By the climax, the action has been reduced to interminable sequences of people banging their swords together and occasionally being ejaculated into the air like digital snowflakes.
March 16, 2016
A painful sequel that disappoints all lovers of the original because of the remarkable quality drop between them, it had a very interesting proposal but failed miserably. [Full review in Spanish]
March 9, 2016
A movie that smells and tastes like a thousand productions of martial arts film. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 3, 2016
Its high-flying action lacks the distinctive elegance of its predecessor.
March 2, 2016
Sword Of Destiny suffers endlessly by comparison to Ang Lee's groundbreaking 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for the comparative smallness of its vision, its visuals, and its budget.
March 1, 2016
Long-awaited martial-arts sequel more brutal than original.
March 1, 2016
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is back after over a decade, but shows its age in this staler, more weightless martial arts meh-travaganza.
February 29, 2016
The romance is gone, the story is silly, but it's gorgeous to look at and the fights are epic.
February 29, 2016
Like so many too-late sequels, the film -- directed by the first film's action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping -- rides on waves of nostalgia and little else.
February 28, 2016
Tries to fill the gigantic shoes left by a classic rather than forging its own path, and that choice left it destined to fail.
February 28, 2016
This martial-arts mediocrity has airborne warriors aplenty but remains a dispiritingly leaden affair with its mechanical storytelling, purely functional action sequences and clunky English-language performances.
February 27, 2016
A pale imitation of the masterpiece that spawned it. Whereas the original had a freshness and a beauty that made it accessible to martial arts fans and non-fans alike, the sequel will leave even the faithful unimpressed.
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