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Curse of the Golden Flower Reviews

February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
January 12, 2007
For all the swordplay and martial-arts fisticuffs, Curse is its most delirious as a lavish argument for the soap opera's roots in Greek tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2007
This spectacularly decorated movie offers the enjoyment of watching Zhang chronicle the lives of one very nutty family. It also allows Zhang to load every inch of the screen with images so full that you half expect them to collapse under their own weight.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 12, 2007
Curse is straightforward and solemn, lacking not for spectacle but for humor and a humanizing touch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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-
January 12, 2007
The melodrama here is of a sort seldom taken seriously outside Shakespeare's tragedies, and the final body count rivals Hamlet in its royal bloodletting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2007
It's big, it's beautiful, and you won't leave the theater feeling cheated, no matter how much of a letdown the finale might be.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2007
If looks were all it took to thrill, this opulent, near-operatic historical pageant would rank with Zhang Yimou's last two epics.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
Basically, the movie is soap opera done on a grand opera scale -- more Dynasty than Later Tang Dynasty. The immensity of Zhang's vision is eyepopping. Imagine several football fields worth of shimmering golden chrysanthemums.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 8, 2007
It's operatic in its feeling and there's a lot going on here. And there's murders and betrayals, and affairs that are illicit, and women on horse-back and great fight scenes.
January 3, 2007
Curse of the Golden Flower is a watchable soap opera, but its marching-band martial-arts scenes are little more than weakly staged retreads of the ones in Zhang's Hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 29, 2006
...A spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2006
Director Zhang Yimou is aiming for glorious visual, kinetic and emotional overload, and he delivers the goods.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2006
The morbid grandiosity of Curse of the Golden Flower is its own distinctive accomplishment, another remarkable chapter in the career of Asia's most important living filmmaker.
December 22, 2006
The year's most operatic and visually lavish film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2006
Few filmmakers could produce so grand a spectacle, but [director] Zhang used to be good for more than just eye candy.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 22, 2006
Amidst all of this excess, an actor can too easily disappear, or be reduced to a hanger for a costume. But Gong Li, the standout in the cast, does wonders with her melodramatic role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2006
Its overabundance is more blessing than curse, however, provided you can suspend disbelief over a campy plot and focus on one lush, eye-popping scene after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2006
The ever-luminous Gong Li and the wickedly nonchalant Chow Yun-Fat are wonderful together.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2006
A dramatic crisis erupts in bloodbaths that are filled with flash but little meaning. As armies clash, the cast also yields to histronic extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2006
Instead of transporting awe, the viewer groans under the weight of Zhang's self-conscious cinematic one-upmanship.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2006
The movie has plenty to engage one's interest but little to sustain it.
December 22, 2006
As easy as this movie is to watch, it's artificially flavored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2006
Zhang's script, based on Cao Yu's play, matches outlandish finery with outlandish bloodletting and body counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 21, 2006
Curse of the Golden Flower could also be called Curse of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2006
A period spectacle, steeped in awesome splendor and lethal palace intrigue, it climaxes in a stupendous battle scene and epic tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2006
It's just a great, old, wild ride at the movies.
December 21, 2006
Zhang Yimou's latest extravaganza is about palace intrigue during the Tan Dynasty, and it's exhaustingly action-packed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2006
It's all too ludicrous to absorb.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2006
Don't judge the film too quickly, though. It really is like almost nothing you've seen before.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2006
The Chinese director Zhang Yimou achieves a kind of operatic delirium, opening the floodgates of image and melodrama until the line between tragedy and black comedy is all but erased.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 20, 2006
In the end, Curse also looks alarmingly like a dry run for the opening and closing ceremonies Zhang has been hired to direct for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
December 19, 2006
The stately Gong looks fantastic, the regal Chow looks cruelly calculating. Yet lacking the inner spark a richer script would provide, even they blend into the scenery.
December 19, 2006
The film's seemingly endless revelations of double- and triple-crosses would play like bad mid-'60s Hollywood epic wanking were it not for Zhang's mise-en-scéne.
Top Critic
December 11, 2006
It's less soap opera than grand opera, where matters of love and death are played at a perfect fever pitch. And grand this Golden Flower is.
November 13, 2006
A disappointing misfire from a great director.
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.