Red Cliff (Chi Bi) Reviews

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October 30, 2018
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.
October 9, 2017
... its structure and satisfactions are more conventional, but the overall conception is as remarkable.
July 27, 2012
Thank god that Woo left Hollywood. This is the masterpiece he was destined to make.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
March 29, 2011
Cleaner and probably more rewatchable than Red Cliff 2.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2010
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.
Top Critic
December 18, 2009
The result is an awfully big and powerful movie, even in abbreviated form.
December 15, 2009
It's not top-notch Woo, but it's also not Hollywood so-so Woo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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