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The Great Wall Reviews

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January 24, 2018
...bask in the colors and movement and scope of Zhang Yimou's visuals. You won't be sorry.
December 28, 2017
The Great Wall is ridiculously silly in the best way, mixing medieval battle movies, Chinese culture and sci-fi into a nonstop, action-packed romp.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 18, 2017
This film isn't nearly as bad as the trailer makes it look. Zhang Yimou's actioner The Great Wall turns out to be pretty entertaining (in a basic man-vs.-monster fashion), beautiful to look at and not a white-man-as-savior embarrassment.
December 4, 2017
It may be dumb and absolutely predictable, but the visionary chops of its director are on full display, with an unexpectedly high focus on lengthy action sequences
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2017
The Great Wall is one of the seven wonders of the world. Director Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, however, is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 3, 2017
The Great Wall doesn't have a single dull moment, thanks to the visuals in 3D. But if you seek something deeper, beyond the spectacle of fantasy war movie tropes, this one's quite forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2017
The real acid test is your reaction to the sight of a pagoda-high pile of furious, computer-generated dragons. Bring it on? Then The Great Wall might just be for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2017
Spectacle alone is no longer enough to satisfy, and without a coherent story to support it, The Great Wall falls flat.
September 27, 2017
The Great Wall gives one of the world's great visual filmmakers $150 million and an army of extras at his disposal, and he turns a monument into a playground.
September 20, 2017
My problem with The Great Wall is that it takes itself so seriously that it becomes hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 15, 2017
Suffers from some inscrutable storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2017
The most important takeaway of The Great Wall is that it doesn't work: not as a defense system, and not as a film.
August 22, 2017
The flaw with The Great Wall is that it isn't fun.
April 12, 2017
The battle scenes are spectacularly choreographed, and the narrative hinges on a Westerner who shifts his own perspective from being self-centred to self-sacrificing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 7, 2017
The Great Wall's unevenness is never more apparent than in its proliferation of less-than-engrossing subplots...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2017
Gloriously, fantastically stupid from beginning to end, Fifth Generation legend Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall is also, you know, not terrible on the grand scale of terrible things.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 27, 2017
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 23, 2017
The Great Wall is not a groundbreaking film by any means, but at least it's fun
March 13, 2017
Special effects gurus are tasked with the rescue of a plot that is set adrift with moronic simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 9, 2017
As ambitious as it is flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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