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Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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July 27, 2012
Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.
July 6, 2010
The art of war done John Woo style, Red Cliff is an entertaining and grandiose return to form by the master of action cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2010
The director's magnum opus.
March 30, 2010
... a magnificent military epic with the scale of Lord of the Rings and the grand visual majesty of the recent wave of Chinese historical epics...
March 25, 2010
After years of civil war, Prime Minister General Cao Cao attempts to unite the empire under the Han Dynasty by quashing two troublesome warlords.
March 12, 2010
It's like the most complicated game of Stratego ever. Still, if you used to while away Saturday afternoons watching martial arts epics on cable, you'll have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2010
You may have the biggest flat-screen DLP monitor in the city, but Red Cliff will never look half as spectacular as it will on the big -- and I mean really big -- screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2009
John Woo's best work has always been mysterious to me. He makes operas - we don't need to understand the words to sense their power.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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December 18, 2009
The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 15, 2009
It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2009
This is one of the best foreign language films of 2009. Woo demonstrates a storytelling style of swiftness and grandeur that has been compared to the samurai classics of Akira Kurosawa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 11, 2009
A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.
December 11, 2009
As drama Red Cliff is overwrought. As spectacle, though, John Woo's latest is the real thing, an old-fashioned cast-of-thousands collision of armies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2009
It reminded me of a Road Runner cartoon. The battlefield violence is essentially repetitious, but Woo -- the auteur as Wile E. Coyote -- introduces gimmicks ('the tortoise formation'), tricks and variations to keep things interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2009
As hard as it tries, Red Cliff just can't muster the heavily filtered mythmaking of the war films of Steven Spielberg and David Lean. And thank goodness for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2009
Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2009
Flaws and all, you can't watch a frame of it without feeling that it has been generations since Hollywood tackled anything on this scale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2009
One of the most exhilarating action movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2009
It's hard to know what we're missing from the extended cut, but this Red Cliff feels awfully complete to me.
December 6, 2009
The film's countless canned platitudes aside, an intriguing plot unfolds wherein intellect and brute strength play against one another...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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