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
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]
It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible.
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
IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
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
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
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
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