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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
Fred Topel
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.

Empire Magazine
April 13, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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James Berardinelli
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 17, 2007
It's like imitation Shakespeare or a really over-the-top Italian opera -- madness, incest, plots, counter-plots, ulterior motives ... you name it, they're all in here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
January 16, 2007
Director Zhang Yimou has an incredible eye for color, and this offering does not disappoint when it comes to the exquisite employment of a vibrant palette.
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