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The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman Reviews

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Simon Foster
Digital Retribution
March 23, 2011
It is hard to say how much influence (Doug) Liman had over the finished product, but the already jittery directorial eye of Wuershan may have been better served by a collaborator who favours a less-is-more approach.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011
Wuershang is too busy mixing up a slurry of postmodern techniques, abortive fight scenes, and noisy set pieces to spend any time on fundamentals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2011
About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
March 18, 2011
This coarse, complicated period comedy is unlikely to catch on with mainstream U.S. audiences, while fans of contemporary Chinese movies will compare it-mostly unfavorably-to Stephen Chow's equally broad but more graceful action comedies.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
March 18, 2011
In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 18, 2011
And the prize for the most incomprehensible movie of the millennium goes to the Chinese martial-arts comedy "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman."
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Brand X
March 17, 2011
If [it] sounds juvenile, well, okay, maybe it is. But who cares, when it's all so damn much fun?
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
March 17, 2011
If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
Only in the centerpiece sequence does first-time director Wuershan successfully maintain his balance of the grotesque and the fanciful, a tricky feat elsewhere upset by his obnoxious style.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 12, 2011
Likeable crazy, combined with visual stylistics and driven by a sense of humour, this madcap Chinese martial arts frolic has everything
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