Once Upon a Time in China Reviews

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Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Its real strengths are its choreography, its flashes of wit, and its all-round exuberance.
August 6, 2005
January 1, 2004
October 15, 2003
July 30, 2003
A truly dazzling achievement, even measured against Tsui's own considerable accomplishments...
July 14, 2003
Beautiful Hong Kong movie. Wonderful story about the technological invasion, and outstanding fight scenes.
May 20, 2003
A witty, extravagantly picturesque homage to Sergio Leone.
November 16, 2002
November 7, 2002
Brilliant commentary elevates entertaining Hong Kong action flick to must-see status.
October 22, 2002
It is not believable, but it is fun to watch.
October 21, 2002
Not an outstanding example of the genre.
September 10, 2002
Not perfect in an objective critical sense, but it's a masterpiece of the genre.
August 20, 2002
Successfully pays homage to ancient tradition and history by making it entertaining and interesting to non-Chinese audiences.
February 4, 2002
October 31, 2001
Tsui's camera lurches, pinwheels and whirligigs all over the place to catch every move perfectly.
July 5, 2001
The editing here is far from good, and the continuity is constantly thrown off from one shot to the next; we're talking about different positioning of objects, object-size changes, characters disappearing and re-appearing.
June 22, 2001
A kind of splendid mishmash of crude history, action-movie cliches and stunning photography, editing and fight choreography.
June 1, 2001
The fight scenes are the main attraction, of course, and the film delivers the goods again and again.
May 29, 2001
Raises the bar for a genre often thought of as meaningless dribble, showing that a Kung Fu movie can be more than just spectacular fight sequences.
April 26, 2001
Half political thriller, half martial arts film, the first Once Upon a Time in China is filled with archetypal, yet emotionally layered, characters and moments that make you yell at the screen with excitement.
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