House of Flying Daggers Reviews

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February 27, 2007
January 14, 2005
A dazzler -- and almost as exciting as its title promises.
January 14, 2005
One of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.
January 14, 2005
About as viscerally and visually exciting as film can get, and yet it is also fully, ripely romantic in a way that few modern films would dare.
January 14, 2005
As stunning as it is, it also serves notice that House of Flying Daggers will have none of the complexities of Hero.
January 13, 2005
Zhang proves that Hero was no accident with House of Flying Daggers, another Chinese period piece resplendent with a dazzling palette and soaring, ambitious fight sequences.
January 13, 2005
An intoxicating cocktail of splendid visuals, spectacular action, state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery and some old-fashioned swashbuckling worthy of Hollywood's Golden Age.
December 18, 2004
Martial arts have rarely been filmed with so much artistry.
December 17, 2004
Zhang ... mixes old-school inventiveness with cutting-edge special effects.
December 17, 2004
It's the ravishment of romance, adventure, nobility, betrayal, all those big, primary-colored old-fashioned movie emotions.
December 17, 2004
If pure action is your game, this House is your home.
December 17, 2004
This is the sort of film we're intended to wallow in, barely coming up for air -- so dazzled, we barely need to breathe.
December 17, 2004
Like an extraordinary-looking but intellectually limited fashion model.
December 17, 2004
It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill.
December 17, 2004
We get a movie that's easy to look at but that leaves us emotionally cold.
December 17, 2004
Though less of a virtuoso work than Hero, House of Flying Daggers is much more emotionally immediate.
December 17, 2004
In a way, Flying Daggers might be compared to the great old MGM musicals that were driven in part by showy set pieces.
December 17, 2004
Delivers many of the absurd pleasures of opera.
December 17, 2004
The film is so good to look at and listen to that, as with some operas, the story is almost beside the point, serving primarily to get us from one spectacular scene to another.
December 17, 2004
It has sequences of balletic martial arts action that can knock you back, open-mouthed, in your comfy multiplex chair. Yet the movie amounts to frustratingly little by the time it's over.
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