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The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman Reviews

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
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
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."
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
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
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.