The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) Reviews

September 14, 2018
Arguably Chow's most accessible movie since Hustle.
February 26, 2016
You've already seen most of what Chow and his seven(!) co-screenwriters have crafted, and you've usually seen it with greater coherence and more impressive CGI.
February 26, 2016
In The Mermaid, Chow never forgets that the camera is the funniest tool at his disposal, and the only one that speaks in a language that everyone can understand.
February 26, 2016
I had a really good time.
February 25, 2016
The Mermaid is not Chow at his absolute peak... Still, it's probably the most accomplished blockbuster which the global entertainment industry has given us since Mad Max: Fury Road.
February 24, 2016
Brisk, enjoyable child's play.
February 23, 2016
Chow and his army of writers (seriously, it took nine people to write this) get terrific support from a strong cast of regulars and newcomers who really sell the story, cheesy special effects aside.
February 23, 2016
Like an ecological Lust, Caution, this contempo fairy tale about a mermaid who falls for the evil developer she's been sent to seduce and assassinate is strikingly relevant to China
February 22, 2016
Crass and macabre, yet big-hearted, it makes a wonderfully adult bedtime story.
February 21, 2016
It's amazing how distinctive and strange Mermaid manages to be, especially given the highly derivative concept - how personal it feels, amid all the absurdist, go-for-broke humor. It deserves to be seen.
February 21, 2016
It doesn't matter if you don't like subtitles. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the director. It doesn't matter if you've never seen a Chinese movie in your life. It will make you laugh. Guaranteed.
February 20, 2016
Chow and his actors present a full-force farce. Sure, some jokes fall flat, but the sheer magnitude of ridiculousness has you forgetting about that soon afterwards.
February 20, 2016
"The Mermaid" is no ordinary fantastical rom-com ... encompassing as it does weaponized sea urchins, incredibly delicious roasted chickens, man-octopus self-mutilation and other comic oddities.