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Curse of the Golden Flower Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
Lavish, grim, magnificent; a robust successor to Zhang's recent martial arts epics, characterised by similarly baroque spectacle and tragedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 21, 2012
Zhang Yimou serves up a sumptuous sensory feast with spectacular set pieces and--crucially--the story, characters, and connection to back it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Zhang's beauty is one of furious defiance
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
Um épico que não apenas se encaixa no clima mítico e fantástico do gênero wuxia pian como ainda traz toques claramente shakespeareanos em sua trama repleta de traições e lutas sangrentas por um trono real (ou, neste caso, imperial).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
September 17, 2007
Mucho brillo y color y poca sustancia dramática en esta tragedia épica que emula tanto a Shakespeare como a Kurosawa. Vale la pena sólo por su aspecto visual y, sobre todo, por la siempre intensa Gong Li.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
August 2, 2007
Spectacular production designs and giant CGI battles can't really disguise a soap opera plot and often hammy acting.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower is, as usual, ravishing to look at, but it seems to be put together solely so that Zhang can assemble hundreds of people in stately rows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 25, 2007
Possibly the first mainstream Chinese representation of the massacre at Tiannamen Square.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower is a tragedy in the classic sense which is as devastating as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 21, 2007
Gorgeous to look at and every bit as ornate as The House of the Flying Daggers. However, the dense and complex plot is a muddle and works best when dealing with the central relationships and matters of the heart.
Matthew Turner
April 12, 2007
Beautifully designed, visually stunning epic with impressive battle sequences, although the soap-tastic plot takes a while to really get going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
April 1, 2007
It is an overwrought melodrama set on a background of impressive beauty.This is a beautiful film, but the characters are weak and disappointing from Zhang.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
March 24, 2007
The film may not hold up to Hero or Flying Daggers, but it contains enough of those film's stunning visual tricks to make it well worth checking out this holiday season.
George Wu
March 12, 2007
Every stone, every piece of fabric, every pushed-up bosom is fetishized to ludicrous extremes. Zhang apparently wants to dazzle the eyes with the visuals, but Curse is one of the gaudiest looking movies ever made.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 15, 2007
Perhaps Zhang Yimou will one day return to the sort of picture that established his reputation in the first place. Otherwise, can a Rush Hour sequel be too far off?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 29, 2007
Like its women, the movie from the perspective of the viewer is ravishingly beautiful but frustratingly remote.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
January 25, 2007
The eye-catching splendor dresses up a bland soap opera that Shakespeare mastered centuries ago.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 19, 2007
This is one spectacular historical potboiler, Shakespeare and soap opera in about equal measure.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 18, 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower is dramatic and exotic, a feast for the eyes with themes that are as hypnotic as the film's physical look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2007
To put a point to it, the lavish period costumes, operatic mise-en-scène and ceremonial grandeur of Curse of the Golden Flower clashes fatally with the nuanced nastiness of modern marital discord.
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