Master of the Flying Guillotine Reviews

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
A staple of Kung Fu television.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 9, 2004
One of the greatest (and weirdest) Chinese martial arts movies of the 1970s
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2004
A Chinese martial-arts master defends himself with the wackiest weapon ever, East or West, giving new meaning to the term "head shot."
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 7, 2003
Will there be a ridiculously entertaining orgy of punching and kicking and wonderfully bad dubbing? Lord, yes.
| Original Score: 8/10

Reel.com
August 2, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 19, 2002
A film that depends more on its imagination than on its special effects, and more on wide, clear action scenes than the choppy, shaky brand, making it entirely unique in this summer's crop of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Max Messier
Filmcritic.com
July 16, 2002
It stands as the pinnacle of 1970s martial arts films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
July 12, 2002
In the title sequence alone, you feel you may just see one of the greatest kung fu films ever made.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 2, 2002
Those sufficiently attuned to appreciate its magic and majesty, Jimmy Wang Yu's restored masterpiece may very well be the archival discovery of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
George Wu
culturevulture.net
May 31, 2002
One of the preeminent examples of 1970s kung fu pulp.
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 31, 2002
For old-fashioned raw energy, it's tough to beat.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 30, 2002
Once you find the groove of this delectable cheese fest, you'll realize how influential Guillotine has been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 29, 2002
It's raw and it's dusty, just as a good martial arts movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Nick Rutigliano
Village Voice
May 28, 2002
Snags the viewer's attention by lacing its martial-arts high jinks with a compelling weirdness.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
May 24, 2002
With its nonstop flurry of fighting, ersatz bloodletting and incidental hilarity, this remains [Yu's] signature work.
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2002
A gem of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
May 23, 2002
It's refreshing and unusual to see clever strategy trumping ritual honor in a film of this genre, even if one of the tricks seems gratuitously brutal.
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sure it's silly, but it's also campy, brainless fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 25, 2002
Despite its cult reputation, this is a silly film with very little to recommend it, even to kung fu zealots.
Top Critic

Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2002
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