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      Tony Leung is powerful and involving as a sort of peaceful, poetic warrior who largely serves as the film's heroic figure.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0 | Sep 21, 2020

      The star, Tony Leung, isn't even handsome, but he's got this wonderful, intelligent, melancholy expression that's worth more than all the handsome there is.

      Full Review | Oct 30, 2018

      ... its structure and satisfactions are more conventional, but the overall conception is as remarkable.

      Full Review | Oct 9, 2017

      Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.

      Full Review | Jul 27, 2012

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Nov 18, 2011

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Nov 17, 2011

      Cleaner and probably more rewatchable than Red Cliff 2.

      Full Review | Mar 29, 2011

      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 | Jul 6, 2010

      The director's magnum opus.

      Full Review | Jun 29, 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...

      Full Review | Mar 30, 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.

      Full Review | Mar 25, 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 | Mar 12, 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 | Jan 22, 2010

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jan 1, 2010

      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 | Dec 28, 2009

      It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Dec 15, 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 | Dec 12, 2009

      A formidable prelude to an epic battle with resplendent effects and action spectacles.

      Full Review | Dec 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Dec 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 | Dec 11, 2009

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