'The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   27 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    70
    Tsui Hark takes Hollywood dead on with a bold, special effects laden, kung fu epic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    While the attractive performers and the action set pieces, including fights inside a sand tornado and around a spider's web of razor wire, are enough to carry you through the film, "Flying Swords" is a bit of a letdown ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Rose Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Simon Abrams Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Flying Swords might not live up to the promise of Detective Dee, Hark's recent comeback, but it does deliver frequently and always when it counts most.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    At least it's all a feast for the eyes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Kuipers Variety (Top Critic)
    The 3D is terrific in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, but helmer Tsui Hark's costume actioner -- the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format -- is let down by two-dimensional characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • V.A. Musetto New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The plot is secondary. "Flying Swords" is to be seen for its eye-popping action.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    "Flying Swords" is a chunky spectacle, to be sure - overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Jenkins Little White Lies
    40
    It's fun in the moment, but hardly one for the ages.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    The movie is beautifully designed and the action sequences are violent and truly spectacular in a hallucinatory way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Guy Lodge Time Out
    60
    Amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights - each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    Despite the movie's excessive length and incomprehensible plot, Tsui is still one of the world's absolute best at action and fight sequences; they move fast, but they're dazzlingly fluid and smooth.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Sawin Examiner.com
    60
    Although there is some enjoyment to be found in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, it's a wuxia film that is mostly very messy in every sense of the word.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    40
    Flying Swords has style to burn but a story that's both too chaotic for its own good and at times overly familiar.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    This treatment boasts plenty of swashbuckling action and visual flair without a compelling story or characters to fill in the narrative gaps.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cary Darling Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
    60
    For followers of wuxia films, the epic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a godsend...But the convoluted storyline...blunts the appeal for anyone who's not a fan.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jay Antani Paste Magazine
    65
    While the technology is a dampener and the plotting burdensome, Flying Swords has enough charm and pizzazz to merit a good time at the movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt honeycuttshollywood.com
    0
    The toys of 3D and Imax give martial-arts master Tsui Hark license to go berserk for two hours with flying things and non-stop action
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    0
    Among the standouts in the cast beyond the legendary Li is Lunmei Kwai as a Tartan warrior princess.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Daniel Eagan Film Journal International
    Soldiers and rebels battle over a lost city's treasure in a giddy, unhinged updating of a martial-arts cult favorite.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Shannon Seattle Times
    75
    IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Luke Y. Thompson Nerdist
    Bottom line: this movie ain't a relationship, folks. It's a one-night stand, and as such, could probably have been more concise. But you won't forget it in the morning; just the boring bits.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek NPR
    The trick is to let yourself swoon into the picture's visual embrace and not get too hung up on its myriad sticky plot points.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Keough Boston Phoenix
    75
    Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia - the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Ehrlich Boxoffice Magazine
    40
    A rare treat for anyone who's ever wondered what a martial arts epic might look like through the eyes of someone suffering from severe glaucoma.
    Full Review » 2 years ago