Shadow Reviews

May 21, 2019
You've gotta see it to believe it.
May 9, 2019
If The Great Wall felt like Yimou was turning his greatest hits into something dispassionately bland, then Shadow takes the familiar and makes it feel startlingly new.
May 9, 2019
It's always good to see this side of Zhang's work. "Shadow" will not soon be forgotten.
May 8, 2019
Shadow isn't quite as perfect as one might wish.
May 8, 2019
"Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait.
May 8, 2019
A rapturously beautiful work...combining the exquisite details of Chinese ink-brush painting with the melodramatic extravagance and suspension of disbelief of opera.
May 7, 2019
In the end, "Shadow" suffers from a kind of shallow narcissism.
May 3, 2019
This is one "Shadow" that deserves to be in the spotlight.
May 3, 2019
It's filled with so many remarkable images, particularly in its middle section, that fans of palace intrigue and metaphorically ripe violence will find plenty to like.
May 3, 2019
His latest lavish feature sees the visionary storyteller operating in a slightly subtler mode, with fewer flying bodies and more philosophical concerns.
May 2, 2019
The film doesn't pretend to be profound... But Mr. Zhang's film is elegant fun. Along with all the ying-yangery, there's the governing concept of movies as entertainment.
Top Critic
May 2, 2019
The ravishing costumes and sets are all in black, white, and watery shades of gray, as if they'd been conjured from Chinese calligraphy and ink paintings.
May 2, 2019
Zhang Yimou's "Shadow" has barely begun before two things become immediately apparent: this is an extravagant and exquisite visual tour de force with a plot that will take some time to sort out.
May 2, 2019
A martial-arts movie landmark, as strong in its performances as it is spectacularly novel in its violence.
September 8, 2018
Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful "Shadow" is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.
September 6, 2018
This is probably the most stunningly beautiful Zhang has made to date.