“Tsui Hark Takes Hollywood Dead On With A Bold, Special Effects Laden, Kung Fu Epic.”
Tsui Hark takes Hollywood dead on with a bold, special effects laden, kung fu epic.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
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 ...
Mike Hale - New York Times
It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible.
Steve Rose - Guardian [UK]
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.
Simon Abrams - Village Voice
At least it's all a feast for the eyes.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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.
Richard Kuipers - Variety
The plot is secondary. "Flying Swords" is to be seen for its eye-popping action.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
"Flying Swords" is a chunky spectacle, to be sure - overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
It's fun in the moment, but hardly one for the ages.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
The movie is beautifully designed and the action sequences are violent and truly spectacular in a hallucinatory way.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights - each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last ...
Guy Lodge - Time Out
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Flying Swords has style to burn but a story that's both too chaotic for its own good and at times overly familiar.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
This treatment boasts plenty of swashbuckling action and visual flair without a compelling story or characters to fill in the narrative gaps.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
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.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Among the standouts in the cast beyond the legendary Li is Lunmei Kwai as a Tartan warrior princess.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
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.
Jay Antani - Paste Magazine
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.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Soldiers and rebels battle over a lost city's treasure in a giddy, unhinged updating of a martial-arts cult favorite.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia - the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
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.
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
Tsui Hark's film is the veteran director's chance to let his imagination run riot in the context of a high-budget, 3D IMAX production.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
A disappointing martial arts fable with Jet Li spinning and leaping to avoid the swords of powerful Eunuchs and nasty treasure hunters at the famous Dragon Gate Inn
Simon Weaving - Screenwize