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Let the Bullets Fly Reviews

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Henry Barnes
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
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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
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
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
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.
Read More | 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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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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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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Alison Willmore
AV Club
March 1, 2012
Chow and Jiang having an especially great, crackling chemistry based off surface agreeableness, hidden aggression, and below that, an almost-fond recognition that they're all just crooks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
Comedy and shifting-allegiances intrigue more than compensate for the dearth of rousing action in this 1920s-set film...
Cole Smithey
February 26, 2012
[VIDEO] East meets West in actor/director Jiang Wen's wily take on the spaghetti western.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matt Singer
October 3, 2011
Funny, exciting, and at 132 minutes, a half an hour too long.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
April 30, 2011
The world of difference in tone and content between actor-turned-director Jiang Wen's Let the Bullets Fly and his masterful Devils on the Doorstep can be seen in the former film's deceptively happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
April 29, 2011
A genre-crossing Yojimbo-like satire ... rife with trickery, gamesmanship, and bloodshed
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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John Anderson
April 27, 2011
A rollicking, violent, Western-cum-comedy that serves many masters, but adds up to an entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.
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