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 Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
August 29, 2012
A rare treat for anyone who's ever wondered what a martial arts epic might look like through the eyes of someone suffering from severe glaucoma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
December 15, 2011
A disappointing martial arts fable with Jet Li spinning and leaping to avoid the swords of powerful Eunuchs and nasty treasure hunters at the famous Dragon Gate Inn
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 30, 2012
At least it's all a feast for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
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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Richard Kuipers
Variety
December 22, 2011
The 3D is terrific in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but helmer Tsui Hark's costume actioner -- the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format -- is let down by two-dimensional characters.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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
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
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
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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
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
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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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
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
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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.
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.
Steve Rose
Guardian
October 18, 2012
It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible.
Full Review | 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
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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
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