The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) Reviews
April 29, 2020
A little wacky, a little off-kilter in its world view, and deceptively clever throughout. As has been the case for many of the best-known works of director Steven Chow.
April 30, 2019
"The Mermaid" is aptly titled, not just because of its central protagonist, but because it is a magical, genre-bending pastiche of over-the-top comedy and compelling sociopolitical drama; it's a "mermovie" in more ways than one.
October 30, 2018
The Mermaid is a fantastic comedy, a out-of-this-world romance, an important environmental message that truly deserves its success, beating out every other Chinese New Year film with ease.
April 30, 2018
Sure, The Mermaid is loud, crass and crazy, but there are truths in the film that are sure to remain once all the laughter dies down.
November 20, 2017
Admittedly it's pantomime at times, but it's saved by some laugh-out-loud acerbic humour that the Chinese do so well...The Mermaid is worth a look.
November 3, 2017
The Mermaid is brilliant madness made reel and proof that Chow has not lost a step.
November 11, 2016
It's funny, it's frenetic, it's filled with over-the-top violence and it's occasionally just plain twisted.
August 3, 2016
Chow habitués will be primed for hyperbolic acting, ludicrous wirework, ugly CGI and outlandish action sequences. Rest assured, those points will be satisfied.
July 21, 2016
Chow cares mostly about Liu and Shan's love story - how their spiritual lives transcend their class differences. Yet, Chow balances romantic concerns with the sociological message. Most American films today...work backwards.
July 11, 2016
Demonstrates Chow's innate understanding of the physics of humor better than anything he's made since perhaps 2001's Shaolin Soccer.
July 5, 2016
It offers a visual reprieve from the cumbersomely mechanized aesthetic of so much contemporary fantasy.
May 24, 2016
Despite the save- the-earth memo, this is very much a Stephen Chow-directed work and that means ludicrous situations and nonsensical jokes.
May 9, 2016
Chow sat in the director's chair but doesn't star in the film... yet we have here all of Chow's comedic trademarks: the downright silliness, the outrageous humour bordering on juvenilia, the long digressions, even the dubious treatment of women.
April 2, 2016
Mermaid is a solid dramedy with heart and, more importantly, a message.
March 21, 2016
One of the loopiest movies ever made, managing to be borderline unwatchable and weirdly enchanting.
March 11, 2016
A wacky fantasy lark, half screwball comedy, half Looney Tunes. Chinese audiences have thrown half a billion dollars at it. Prepare for Hollywood imitators.