The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Reviews

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Edmund Lee
Screen International
March 30, 2016
Visually inventive yet dramatically lacking.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
October 24, 2012
It's fun in the moment, but hardly one for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 21, 2012
The movie is beautifully designed and the action sequences are violent and truly spectacular in a hallucinatory way.
Steve Rose
October 18, 2012
It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
October 16, 2012
Amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights - each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 10, 2012
Despite the movie's excessive length and incomprehensible plot, Tsui is still one of the world's absolute best at action and fight sequences; they move fast, but they're dazzlingly fluid and smooth.
Chris Sawin
October 7, 2012
Although there is some enjoyment to be found in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, it's a wuxia film that is mostly very messy in every sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 14, 2012
Flying Swords has style to burn but a story that's both too chaotic for its own good and at times overly familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
September 7, 2012
This treatment boasts plenty of swashbuckling action and visual flair without a compelling story or characters to fill in the narrative gaps.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
September 3, 2012
For followers of wuxia films, the epic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a godsend...But the convoluted storyline...blunts the appeal for anyone who's not a fan.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Paste Magazine
August 31, 2012
While the technology is a dampener and the plotting burdensome, Flying Swords has enough charm and pizzazz to merit a good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Kirk Honeycutt
August 31, 2012
The toys of 3D and Imax give martial-arts master Tsui Hark license to go berserk for two hours with flying things and non-stop action
Full Review | Original Score: 6
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 31, 2012
Among the standouts in the cast beyond the legendary Li is Lunmei Kwai as a Tartan warrior princess.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 31, 2012
The plot is secondary. "Flying Swords" is to be seen for its eye-popping action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Julian Roman
August 30, 2012
Tsui Hark takes Hollywood dead on with a bold, special effects laden, kung fu epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2012
"Flying Swords" is a chunky spectacle, to be sure - overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2012
Bottom line: this movie ain't a relationship, folks. It's a one-night stand, and as such, could probably have been more concise. But you won't forget it in the morning; just the boring bits.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
August 30, 2012
While the attractive performers and the action set pieces, including fights inside a sand tornado and around a spider's web of razor wire, are enough to carry you through the film, "Flying Swords" is a bit of a letdown ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 30, 2012
IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
August 30, 2012
The trick is to let yourself swoon into the picture's visual embrace and not get too hung up on its myriad sticky plot points.
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