The Great Wall Reviews

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April 7, 2017
The Great Wall's unevenness is never more apparent than in its proliferation of less-than-engrossing subplots...
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.
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.
March 9, 2017
As ambitious as it is flat.
March 4, 2017
The real stars of this film are the Chinese actors. 28-year-old Jing Tian is wonderful as a female leader within the Order who commands a strong presence.
March 2, 2017
Director Zhang Yimou, the darling of art-house cinemas the world over, tries his hand at a fantasy adventure epic and achieves only low camp, albeit with his customary eye for brilliant color and striking tableaux.
March 1, 2017
A splashy, old-fashioned monster movie stupid enough to amuse audiences from any culture that enjoys watching folks fight giant lizards.
March 1, 2017
In these days when so-called resistance, from D.C. to the streets, uses dishonorable methods, The Great Wall offers a conscientious reminder of artistic principle, the respite of an aesthetically powerful comic book.
March 1, 2017
The battles are just CG nonsense. Bad CG nonsense. Besides being Lord of the Rings on a budget, what's on-screen still feels very random.
March 1, 2017
With such a big canvas to lay such cliched material upon, The Great Wall really does feel like placing a Big Mac upon gold plated silverware.
February 28, 2017
Zhang's enviable eye for color and composition is somewhat occluded by the gargantuan scale; still, he finds beauty in the chaos (a climactic interior action sequence is splashed with rainbow beams from stained-glass windows).
February 27, 2017
This should have been a much richer or at least exciting adventure.
February 27, 2017
The film feels so far removed from the Zhang I have grown up respecting that it feels like it is less his film and more the product of heavy Hollywood studio influencing.
February 24, 2017
Zhang is more interested in ceremonies than combat sequences. Ranks of soldiers in exotic uniforms march into position atop battlements, while both feast and funeral are played out as spectacles.
February 23, 2017
The movie is a muddled monster mash that's as disappointing as it is insignificant, and I imagine as far as Yimou is concerned he'll think twice before accepting another paycheck from Hollywood anytime soon.
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.
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