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The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Reviews

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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
Guardian
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
Examiner.com
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
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
honeycuttshollywood.com
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
MovieWeb
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
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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.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 30, 2012
Soldiers and rebels battle over a lost city's treasure in a giddy, unhinged updating of a martial-arts cult favorite.
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
August 29, 2012
Flying Swords might not live up to the promise of Detective Dee, Hark's recent comeback, but it does deliver frequently and always when it counts most.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 29, 2012
Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia - the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 28, 2012
Tsui Hark's film is the veteran director's chance to let his imagination run riot in the context of a high-budget, 3D IMAX production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edmund Lee
Screen International
March 30, 2016
Visually inventive yet dramatically lacking.
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