The Great Wall Reviews

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February 23, 2017
A fairly goofy monster movie that manages to seem bloated even with a running time of less than 90 minutes.
February 23, 2017
[At first,] we learn the Great Wall of China was originally erected to protect the Chinese from marauding forces embodying the depths of human greed. Shortly afterward, we realize The Great Wall was made for precisely opposite reasons.
February 23, 2017
Ultimately, a handful of eye-popping Yimou flourishes can't compensate for filmmaking so line-toeing and occasionally cartoonish that it makes the idea of a wall between Hollywood and Chinese interests actually sound kinda great.
February 23, 2017
It's too late to call The Great Wall an expensive failure, but it's not likely to leave many satisfied viewers in its wake.
February 23, 2017
Everything is competent, but rarely impressive.
February 23, 2017
Zhang is all about the spectacle.... He delivers this with gusto, unconcerned with whether the finer points of the narrative make sense.
February 23, 2017
In other words, it's another tedious special-effects-fest that has flimsy wisps of completely pat and predictable story blowing around interminable swaths of stuff that would 100% kill people but doesn't, and none of the characters are that interesting.
February 23, 2017
Whether it's a case of miscasting is unclear, but without a willing hero to anchor this already dubious movie from start to finish, The Great Wall hits a brick wall.
February 22, 2017
Perhaps it's a result of the different acting styles, although clunky dialogue is a more likely culprit, but the relationship between William and Lin Mae lacks any credible potency.
February 22, 2017
Accompanied by a truckload of alien intestines and yet another unlikely performance from Matt Damon, "The Great Wall" can't help but make a monster-sized impression.
February 22, 2017
The vision here is that of producers with eyes on box office and little concern for creativity.
February 22, 2017
Unfortunately, the sight and sound of "The Great Wall" are cheated of a better story to warrant the millions spent and the commitment of the filmmakers.
February 21, 2017
WALL is a big, blustery action-adventure flick in the classic mold, but with one exception. There's no damsel in distress here. Instead, the winsome lady of the piece is a warrior with nerves of steel and no fear of heights. Kudos there.
February 21, 2017
The Great Wall is an atypical blockbuster that you will enjoy with pleasure. [Full review in Spanish]
February 21, 2017
A story without context, populated by boring characters that exist only as tools of a pedestrian plot and starred by the dullest Matt Damon. [Full review in Spanish]
February 21, 2017
The Great Wall would be a bloated, cheap-looking, wholly synthetic mega-production no matter who acts in it.
February 21, 2017
The Great Wall is a visual stunner... But this one's a bloated, special-effects-heavy, supremely silly groaner, a leaden thing that's almost wall-to-wall Lord of the Rings-influenced awful.
February 21, 2017
With different battalions arrayed in brightly coloured, beautifully constructed armour it's as elegantly constructed a fantasy as anything Zhang has ever done.
February 20, 2017
Spectacular costumes and a literal cast of thousands, yet not a single, well-defined character in sight.
February 20, 2017
Be ready for a disappointment... though it's hard to come down too hard on any monster mash as pretty as this one.
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