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The Princess Blade Reviews

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Top Critic
Derek Elley
March 26, 2009
Delicately rendered, if full of pretty banal sentiments, the film's softer central section is a necessary counterweight to the other two acts, which are largely shot in an oppressive blue filter.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 22, 2005
A fine remake of "Lady Snowblood," with Donnie Yen fight choreograpy to boot
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
the film's opening action sequence is the first of several that are likely to have you thumbing the backscan button because they look so damn cool (and are so damn fast).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 5, 2003
Action directors take note: This is how it's done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 25, 2003
Sato seems to be trying to make several different movies at once, and none of them comes through strongly enough to carry the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
September 20, 2003
[Yumiko Shaku] doesn't project the confidence or menace that the role requires. Trying to pass her off as a stone-cold assassin is like casting Britney Spears as Marie Curie -- it just doesn't jibe.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 19, 2003
A brooding atmosphere -- which is critic-speak for 'everybody wears black, and the whole thing was lighted with a single 40-watt bulb' -- permeates this dystopian thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2003
It has stylish fighting, but the story doesn't live up to the talent of the fight choreographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003
It's clear that video-game-designer-turned-director Shinsuke Sato knows what he's got: when the action settles down, he wisely hangs the camera on his alluring stars.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 22, 2003
Its corny streak brings the movie too close to cut-rate Chinese Opera epics than should be allowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 22, 2003
Great movie, mediocre script.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 22, 2003
The cast, in its quiet, iconic way, is superb.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 17, 2003
By turns violent and brooding, it's stronger on style than on substance, but genre fans might find it at least sporadically amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 15, 2003
The beautiful, elegant swordfights are filmed clearly and poetically, and even the down-time between battles doesn't drag too badly.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 8, 2003
The Princess Blade would have been better off forgetting the love story and concentrating on the kick-ass action.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2003
Has all the makings of a cult film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
August 8, 2003
A stylish Japanese effort adapted from a popular manga that blends the thematic substance of a Toho Samurai epic with the quicksilver visceral assault of a Shaw Brothers Wuxia swordsman saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Timothy Knight
August 8, 2003
The Princess Blade boasts some of the most dazzling fight choreography in recent memory.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
Adventurous viewers will find this unusual genre hybrid an intriguing experience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 7, 2003
Not quite good enough to jump out of the pack of Asian swordplay movies but is too well crafted to sink into utter anonymity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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