Let the Bullets Fly Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 19, 2012
It's satire of sorts, but broad, confused, extremely talkative and interminable.
Henry Barnes
Guardian
August 16, 2012
Between the kung fu, the gunplay, a gentle romantic subplot and the extreme gastronomy - there's something for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 16, 2012
Overwritten script, ugly visuals, queasy rape humour, feeble special effects and all-round incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 19, 2012
Fans of the genre may enjoy the bizarre humor. But, the story seemed never-ending to me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 29, 2012
This period action comedy by Jiang Wen is great fun in the Shakespearean tradition, stuffed with lively characters, dramatic stand-offs, and stolen-identity subplots.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2012
After watching it, I was as confused -- and giddy -- as if I had been rolled down a hill in a rain barrel. For unmitigated insanity, this is a hard film to beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 9, 2012
The real pleasure is seeing Chow and Jiang square off. Chow mugs for the camera with the same finesse as he handles guns in Woo's films.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 8, 2012
The film offers real fun, particularly in the early going, when the energy and enthusiasm recall Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle."
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 8, 2012
Jiang directs with great vigor, serving up plenty of blood and a lot of laughs as he turns his picture into a propulsive blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 2, 2012
The stylish direction of Wen Jiang helps to overcome some flaws in his convoluted screenplay.
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
March 2, 2012
Director Jiang is also an effortlessly charismatic actor. And the film is elevated by its epical widescreen cinematography, which is purely gorgeous.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 2, 2012
Rival crooks battle for control of a beleaguered town in 1920s China in a fast-paced and surprisingly layered adventure.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 2, 2012
See it now, uncut and in widescreen, before it disappears - and then reappears, years later, referenced in some Quentin Tarantino picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 2, 2012
Along with the familiar East-meets-West elements derived from Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, Jiang offers cleverly choreographed action scenes and fun-house mirror complications.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Word is that Jiang went though 30 drafts of the script before he was satisfied. Perhaps he should have gone for 31.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
Not exactly a western, barely an action film and hardly a historical drama, the Chinese saga "Let the Bullets Fly" promises genre pleasures it routinely leaves un-triggered in its chamber.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 1, 2012
At least 30 minutes and several scams too long, the plot passes from amusing to confounding long before the final double-cross.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012
"Let the Bullets Fly" has a clearly defined moral dimension, but Mr. Jiang, an absurdist at heart, never lets it interfere with the fun.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
March 1, 2012
A ribald mess of a farce whose finer qualities will likely be lost on non-Chinese-speaking audiences and others not familiar with 1920s warlord lore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
Though a good-natured and highly enjoyable goof, Jiang Wen's comic blockbuster - the highest-grossing movie made in China - more than lives up to its name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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