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Curse of the Golden Flower Reviews

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November 13, 2006
A disappointing misfire from a great director.
December 21, 2006
its natural impulse towards regal spectacle overwhelms practically every other element of the story
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
January 12, 2007
This is epic, super-duper-sized . . . a hollow but lovely looking spectacle.
December 22, 2006
The movie has plenty to engage one's interest but little to sustain it.
December 22, 2006
Not even Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li, two of the world's most impressive actors, can inject any dazzle into this dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2007
Just as the emperor's own misrule is shrouded in ceremony, so too is the rather emotionally insignificant melodrama at the center of Curse of the Golden Flower, given only minimal cover from scrutiny by Zhang's visual virtuosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 21, 2006
Yimou's movies always look incredible, but this time around his work seems more like something to appreciate than to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2007
[Y]es to opulence, yes to passion, yes to political murder and courtly intrigue and illicit sex and all that. But no... to histrionics overblown on a nuclear scale and ludicrousness that blots out the sun...
November 13, 2006
Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhang Yimou's strangest and most troubled film, abounds in hysterical, mannered Tang Dynasty-era palace intrigue and dehumanized CGI battle sequences.
December 21, 2006
It's all too ludicrous to absorb.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2006
There's only a rich family behaving badly, a kind of Dynasty with swords. And as tantalizing as that concept might sound to some Joan Collins fans, it's not enough to make this worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2006
As easy as this movie is to watch, it's artificially flavored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2007
Make no mistake, all is epic, violent, bloody madness once the director hits his stride, and fans of Zhang's work will not want to miss Curse of the Golden Flower. But brush strokes are amiss here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 15, 2006
Exposed boobs contribute a titillating ingredient to the venom and the betrayals, but it's no antidote for the royal excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 22, 2006
Curse of the Golden Flower is a triumph of set dressing, cinematography and costuming. Now if only it were compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 12, 2007
I wanted to be swept away, but even with half of China as extras, I was mostly unimpressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 2, 2007
Spectacular production designs and giant CGI battles can't really disguise a soap opera plot and often hammy acting.
January 25, 2007
The eye-catching splendor dresses up a bland soap opera that Shakespeare mastered centuries ago.
| Original Score: 2/4
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