The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Reviews

  • 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.

    Steve Rose

  • 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 —

  • 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 —

  • 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/

  • 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

  • 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 —

  • Among the standouts in the cast beyond the legendary Li is Lunmei Kwai as a Tartan warrior princess.

    James Verniere — Boston Herald

  • 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

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