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The Beginning of a Great Revival Reviews

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January 6, 2012
History of Chinese Communism drowns in data.
August 9, 2011
Epic with production values and a terrific ensemble cast, but often bland and emotionally hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.19/10
June 30, 2011
The technical accomplishment and narrative scope of this propagandistic telling of the origins of the Chinese Communist Party stand in contrast to plotting that is stodgy and characterizations that are thin and functionally sketched.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 24, 2011
"Revival" is a proud statement by an ascendant society. But it demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 24, 2011
The highly-charged crowd scenes in which dissidents clash with authorities are staged with visual flair, conveying an exhilarating sense of self-empowerment which is the essence of revolution.
June 23, 2011
"Great Revival" is in many ways the very definition of propaganda - it even ends with an image of a waving flag - but "Revival" is too harmlessly flabby to be taken quite that seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2011
Perhaps the translation is at fault here, but why does the dialogue consistently do so little to flesh out the characters?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2011
A muddled would-be epic of the Chinese Communist Party's founding, this all-star propaganda pageant plays like an incoherent lesson plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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