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Once Upon a Time in China Reviews

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January 26, 2006
Its real strengths are its choreography, its flashes of wit, and its all-round exuberance.
July 30, 2003
A truly dazzling achievement, even measured against Tsui's own considerable accomplishments...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2003
Beautiful Hong Kong movie. Wonderful story about the technological invasion, and outstanding fight scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
A witty, extravagantly picturesque homage to Sergio Leone.
November 7, 2002
Brilliant commentary elevates entertaining Hong Kong action flick to must-see status.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2002
It is not believable, but it is fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 20, 2002
Successfully pays homage to ancient tradition and history by making it entertaining and interesting to non-Chinese audiences.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
October 31, 2001
Tsui's camera lurches, pinwheels and whirligigs all over the place to catch every move perfectly.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
April 26, 2001
Aided immeasurably by the acrobatic skills of its brilliant star, Once Upon A Time in China delivers the kinetic goods.
April 25, 2001
Gets better as it goes along, building up to a prolonged shipboard finale.
February 13, 2001
A guaranteed favourite for martial arts fans.
Read More | Original Score: 78/100
January 1, 2000
A tumultuous riot of inspired filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
The astonishing hook-and-ladder battle alone is worth the ticket price.
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