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Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) Reviews

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 2, 2004
An ambitious film that unsuccessfully tries to mix elements of a movie Western with mystical elements from Buddhist folklore.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 10, 2004
Warriors ransacks enough of the dust-swept battle genre (start with Sergio Leone, Akira Kurosawa, and John Ford) to have no rousing or opulent B-movie personality of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 4, 2004
Despite the breathtaking locales, Warriors of Heaven and Earth is impossibly cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 14, 2004
It's good to look at but plodding, even numbing.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 2, 2004
Impressively filmed but not dramatic enough to justify its length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
December 18, 2003
A handsome although dramatically muddled Noodle Western.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 31, 2004
A fitfully rousing but too derivative mishmash of genre tropes.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 1, 2004
Unfortunately, the two main protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Lai Xi, are too much the strong, silent type to engage us as heroes, or even characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
August 28, 2004
Shoots for a heavenly grandeur that it fails to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
December 18, 2004
Takes all the elements of the classic Westerns, mixes them with Eastern spiritualism, and comes out with a film that is at least noteworthy, if not especially brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Cornelius
December 8, 2004
There are scenes here that will stick in your brain for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 2, 2007
It's too busy courting genre cliches to mine anything transcendent, which runs counter to the promise inherent in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2004
For eyes that have overindulged in the stylized razzle-dazzle of Hero, the grit, dust, and occasional cheese of Warriors of Heaven and Earth come as a corrective slap.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 25, 2004
An enjoyably pulpy story, occasionally slow-moving and pretentious
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ned Martel
New York Times
September 2, 2004
The best case for Warriors ... is its cinematic time travels and its peek into the natural wildness of a long-closed countryside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
August 18, 2004
Move over Peter Jackson and see battle scenes between human beings!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
September 9, 2004
Be patient, and you'll get rewarded with a good old-fashioned castle siege that's worth the wait.
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
September 2, 2004
It's well worth seeing just for the embellishments.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2004
He Ping brings to his tale characters who are more dimensional than the usual symbolic figures of traditional Chinese period epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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