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Warlords (Tau ming chong) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 30, 2010
Warlords is so intent on expertly choreographed, but repetitive, enormo-battles that there isn't much time to develop characters (and the less said about a tacked-on romance, the better).
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2010
Whereas Chan's narrative (scripted by a whopping eight writers) settles into a standard rise-and-fall arc, his fight sequences exhibit a punchy vigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2010
Although the film is impressive in its physical aspects, the adultery of Pang and his blood brother's wife, Lian (Xu Jinglei), is underdrawn as a sexual skirmish whose influence on events is diminished.
Brian Orndorf
April 2, 2010
Certainly forceful, but it only marginally succeeds at pulling the viewer into a state of battle zone fatigue and budding regality, assisted greatly by three tremendous lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
March 31, 2010
When pure bloodlust is its own reward, there isn't much incentive for the audience to offer any empathy whatsoever. Kurosawa turns in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 9, 2010
Plays out with a tiresome grimy look, and a strange lack of emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 7, 2008
The vicissitudes of Qing dynasty politics in the mid-19th century remain rather confusing, and the bloodiness of the battles is relentless, but the film has something to say about the spiritual corruption that afflicts men who live by war.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2010
How do you make a censor-friendly Chinese movie about government massacres? You turn it into a soap opera.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 9, 2010
It isn't clear if "Warlords" is supposed to be a comedy or an adventure thriller but it will only appeal to those who appreciate the screaming cast of thousands.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 7, 2008
A village-pillaging extravaganza whose music and pitched slaughter compete to ruin your inner ear.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 2, 2010
At 113 minutes (the original Chinese edition runs 126 minutes), The Warlords is overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
November 7, 2008
There are no pecs and no leather Speedos, but there is a baffled general who, when facing defeat, blurts out the iconic line: "This is madness!"
Peter Bradshaw
November 7, 2008
As so often with this sort of material, I found the battle scenes beautifully shot, but strangely uninvolving, and the narrative is cumbersome and overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 2, 2010
Drags and lollygags, suffering from a sense of seriousness and self-importance that saps it of energy and tension.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
April 2, 2010
Epic account of how war destroys a pact made by three rebel soldiers in 19th-century China.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
In The Warlords, war is heaven. In fact, it makes everything else seem tedious by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

The Sun (UK)
November 7, 2008
Great for battle re-enactment fanatics, not so good for The Sneak, whose senses have been dulled to the slow-motion slicing of limbs and heads which recur so often in these kind of films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Total Film
November 7, 2008
Handsomely mounted as it is, it's a bit on the stodgy side. Romance inevitably causes a rupture in the trio, but as time grinds by, your interest is also bound to buckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 13, 2010
Too much eeyaahhh and probably not enough kiss-kiss meow-meow.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
April 7, 2010
The action scenes are good (Chan began his career as an assistant director to John Woo), but they fall between many scenes of Li shedding rivers of not-so-manly, and very uncharacteristic, tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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