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The Great Wall (2017)



Critic Consensus: For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope.

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Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary's The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

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Matt Damon
as William Garin
Tian Jing
as Commander Lin Mae
Pedro Pascal
as Pero Tovar
Willem Dafoe
as Ballard
Hanyu Zhang
as General Shao
Eddie Peng
as Commander Wu
Lu Han (V)
as Peng Yong
Kenny Lin
as Commander Chen
Karry Junkai Wang
as The Emperor
Cheney Chen
as Imperial Guard
Xuan Huang
as Commander Deng
Andy Lau
as Strategist Wang
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Critic Reviews for The Great Wall

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (41)

Zhang's moments of visual splendor-a battalion of hot-air balloonists, the queen-monster and her royal guard of fan-frilled monstrosities-are weighed down by a script and performances almost dutiful in their dullness.

March 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Its epic imagery - the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces - is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.

February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.

February 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

To watch it is to be aware of how little movies this size have to do with art and how much they are product, the result of a calculation involving actorly appeal and spectacle, because spectacle, not story, has the... most universal draw.

February 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Damon's wild-haired gringo claims to have soldiered under "many flags," which would explain his shape-shifting accent that's Irish except for when it sounds beamed from Mars.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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What a bummer that all Chinese master Zhang Yimou and Hollywood star Matt Damon come up with is a B-level creature feature with delusions of grandeur.

February 17, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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It seems likely that the film is entitled "The Great Wall" because they couldn't have called the film "great" in reference to the acting. Damon's occasionally-heard Irish brogue leaves one with the occasional impression that his character is meant to be Irish -- although that would be entirely unnecessary to the plot. Then again, it is equally plausible that the character is meant to be an impostor of limited impersonation skills infiltrating the Chinese army. Whatever the reason may be, "The Great Wall" is little more than a silly, two-dimensional diversion for teenage boys. The good CGI and frequent battle carnage should be enough to satisfy that target audience, even if it satisfies few others.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Entertaining blend of the over-the-top-action of Asian cinema and American banter. The creature effects are decent but not very subtle, making this an actual fantasy movie with little basis in reality or historic events. Still, the action sequences are colorful and fun, everything in between a bit generic and boring. Works as mindless entertainment anyway.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Strictly for the kiddies. There's one portion that features women bungee jumping as if Olympic divers from the wall to attack monsters with spears - so ridiculous that only the kiddies wouldn't question it. Gonna need lotsa butter with that popcorn. And pass.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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