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Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
The director's magnum opus.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2010
| Original Score: 3/4
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Detroit News
December 18, 2009
The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
December 11, 2009
A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 10, 2009
Woo has re-embraced his Chinese roots with brutal commitment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
December 4, 2009
It's a historical war movie with impressive sweep, strong characterizations and the kind of idiosyncratic flourishes that made Woo such an irresistible storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
December 4, 2009
What remains is still plenty rousing, especially to moviegoers eager to see Woo regain his footing after an increasingly dismal series of outings in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 26, 2009
The biggest film of the year opens this week, though you may be forgiven if you haven't heard about it, as it has committed the unpardonable sin of being in Chinese.
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Tan Vinh
Seattle Times
November 25, 2009
Not a bad consolation prize, but not the complex, multilayered drama that made Red Cliff a hit in Asia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 25, 2009
From landscape shots that have the serene beauty of a Han Dynasty watercolor, to its dramatic naval engagements and thundering cavalry charges, this is magnificent filmmaking, and a magnificent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2009
Returning to his roots after a stint in Hollywood, Woo has made the most expensive film in mainland Chinese history, a pleasantly traditional picture that marks a new direction for one of the world's premier action maestros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 24, 2009
The compelling emotion that marks the best Woo movies is AWOL. The pacing is choppy, with most of the human moments lopped off. Is the Han emperor the good guy? Or should we cheer the rebellious opposition warlords? And what the heck is a viceroy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
It's almost 2 1/2 hours, and too much is corny, cramped, and vague.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
Overlong but ambitious, Woo proves he's as good at tactical maneuvers as he is at close-quarters combat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2009
Red Cliff is a legendary filmmaker's visual symphony.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 20, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2009
What we're seeing isn't all that Woo intended. It's merely a strong reminder of just how good he can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 19, 2009
The film is both traditional and modern: austere in its engagement with history, and insistent in its showy action beats.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mike Hale
New York Times
November 19, 2009
Mr. Woo, who can make romantic poetry out of a battle among 20 men in the confines of a teahouse, seems defeated, or at least defused, by this increase in scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 18, 2009
What remains on screen is impressive -- grand battles, dazzling action, sumptuous sets, magnificent panoramas. What's lost in the abbreviation is the emotional element as Woo chronicles an epic clash of warriors in the 3rd century.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2009
There's plenty of vivid action to fill two and a half hours in John Woo's Chinese historical war epic Red Cliff, a rewarding change of terrain and era for the inventive Hong Kong director.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
Watching Red Cliff feels like being in the presence of gods who have momentarily deigned to walk upon the earth.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 9, 2009
Any war picture in which the heroine stalls the villain with a quiet, painstaking tea ceremony until the wind shifts direction and the good guys can firebomb the bad guys into oblivion is too ineffably Zen not to love.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
June 12, 2009
As old-fashioned mythic entertainment, 'Red Cliff' succeeds in solid, sometimes magnificent fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
July 21, 2008
Balances character, grit, spectacle and visceral action in a meaty, dramatically satisfying pie that delivers on the hype and will surprise many who felt the Hong Kong helmer progressively lost his mojo during his long years stateside.