The Great Wall Reviews

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February 19, 2017
Yet another shallow, mind-numbing and overproduced Hollywood B-movie masquerading as an A-movie. It's the equivalent of watching a video game on a big screen.
February 19, 2017
From its swooping, acrobatic camerawork, to the fight scenes unfolding in eye-popping 3D, it's easy to see where the money has been spent.
February 19, 2017
Mainly a special effects film.
February 18, 2017
All in all, it's just another brick in the wall of cinematic stinkers.
February 17, 2017
It's said that if you always expect the worst, you're never disappointed.
February 17, 2017
What the movie offers in scale it lacks in substance, and it is so much, so relentlessly, that the initial escapist thrills become increasingly deadened.
February 17, 2017
The special effects are okay but not spectacular, the action and acting are decent but not noteworthy, and the story isn't terribly complex. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available)
February 17, 2017
Of course this quintessentially Chinese story centers on a white guy with a capricious European accent.
February 17, 2017
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
What we're left with is something that tries to please two very different audiences, but will probably annoy both. But at least it sticks to the action and keeps the running time short.
February 17, 2017
An effective monster/action picture.
February 17, 2017
An all-clanking schlockbuster.
February 17, 2017
We're going to build a wall. And we're going to make the giant killer lizards from beneath the earth pay for it.
Top Critic
February 17, 2017
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
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
This is a humongous movie built on flimsy foundations.
February 17, 2017
This big-budget adventure is an extreme exercise in spectacle over substance in which eye-popping visuals take precedence over narrative coherence.
February 17, 2017
Seldom in motion picture history has such stylish, visual bombast been forced to service such dumbed-down, subtly racist storytelling.
February 17, 2017
It is big. It is eye-popping. It is about China. And it is definitely about a legend. It also doesn't have a single thought in its noggin, but it does have armies of toothy monsters.
February 17, 2017
As pure spectacle, The Great Wall is absolutely dazzling.
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