Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) Reviews

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April 11, 2008
A production that's both amazing to look at and hard to enjoy, The Banquet contains plenty of visual pleasures, but ties its gloomy story in too many knots to be truly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 11, 2008
Equivalent to attending a massive feast only to discover the main course is missing, The Banquet is frequently stunning, beautifully shot, but ultimately undernourishing.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 11, 2008
This dazzlingly designed, mega-budget, period costumer offers further proof of Feng's increasing versatility, expansive vision and bravura technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 30, 2007
For all its visual splendour, The Banquet has none of the pathos or originality of Crouching Tiger, nor does it endear us to its characters through its 140 minute running time
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 4, 2007
This may be one of the year's better films, and some of the rawest Shakespeare you'll ever see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
September 8, 2007
The Banquet should launch Feng's international career, but its odd mix of slow-paced drama and martial arts has created a lacklustre movie that won't make the mark its predecessors have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A beautiful, if incomprehensible and interminable film with fest-fav Zhang Zi-Yi.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
September 13, 2006
Staunch in its belief that bigger is better, The Banquet piles up enough condiments for a dozen meals but never really tries to cook them into one satisfactory repast.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
...mesmerizing but often empty...
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Derek Elley
September 4, 2006
Visually opulent but stately and stygian.
Matthew Turner
April 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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