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Sacrifice Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 27, 2012
Both a thrilling swordplay epic as well as an intimate chamber drama about clashing filial loyalties.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 27, 2012
The visuals from Chen and his crew are striking.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
With its widescreen compositions and flame-illuminated interiors, "Sacrifice" is visually entrancing. Yet the movie is not just an exercise in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2012
It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 26, 2012
Perhaps it's all that armor, or that even the estimable Mr. Wang seems exhausted by the film's dolorous themes, but it's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2012
Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) cowrote and directed, and his talent for psychological drama isn't really suited to this sort of broad, mythic storytelling.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
It charges out of the gate in Indiana Jones style, employing so many plot twists that you may need a scorecard. Then after an hour or so, it settles into an intimate, character-driven drama, before its low-key yet thought-provoking finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
July 26, 2012
The master's touch is evident throughout a carefully calibrated drama that builds to a shocking tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
Now who exactly are those two guys slurping noodles? Are they both doctors? Why do they matter?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2012
The film combines rip-snorting action, crisp editing and juicy performances in a thoroughly entertaining package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 26, 2012
Chinese film fans will be intrigued by a shift to more human, less spectacle-based storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
July 26, 2012
Chen can't seem to decide whether he's making a fable or something more down-to-earth, but Sacrifice works either way, if not both at once.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2012
In "Sacrifice," about a father who loses his son to the power of the state, it is difficult to miss the parallels with Chen's own life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
July 25, 2012
There are some wonderful wuxia-style fight scenes spread throughout, and a last duel finally shifts all the plodding backstory into a visual spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 25, 2012
A widowed father grooms his son to be a killer in a sweeping drama set in fifth-century B.C. China.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 24, 2012
Chen's 126-minute film is stuffed with twisty-turny machinations that are difficult to untangle and not especially important to the story at hand...
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David Fear
Time Out
July 24, 2012
Kaige's historical epic favors drama over action (though he doesn't skimp on violence ...), yet everything moves like it's on wuxia autopilot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 23, 2012
A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 20, 2012
Techs are terrific, from costume to cinematography, giving the film a lovely look.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 20, 2012
Kaige Chen reaches back in time to tell another story of a child's relation to his father as well as his place in history. Featuring a grounding performance from You as the adoptive parent, "Sacrifice" is at once both epic and intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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