The fights in "True Legend" become pretty routine. And beyond some lovely mountain scenery and a tiny cameo by a radiant Michelle Yeoh, there isn't much else to look at.
Mike Hale - New York Times
In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Pic's many satisfyingly kinetic action sequences and strong thesping (particularly by femme lead Zhou Xun) outweigh its uneven scripting and occasional ill-advised forays into CGI.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
Fans don't go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action -- and Yuen doesn't disappoint.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Somewhere between masterful and messy, Yuen Woo-ping offers lots of kinetic kicks, but his CGI work deserves a kick in the pants.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Diverting but unmemorable martial arts feature unlikely to become a classic.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
A hodgepodge of styles, "True Legend" works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Great fight scenes and diverse martial arts make for a very entertaining film.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Serious to the point of silliness, True Legend offers nothing new, but it steals adroitly.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Comes off less like the work of an old master and more like the mediocre imitation of one.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
This gnarly beast -- written by To Chi-long -- is epic in scope
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
Opting for craziness over coherence, True Legend at least expends its energy in the right place.
Jesse Cataldo - Slant Magazine
The comedic touches humanize this ridiculously invincible warrior with self-destructive emotional flaws. Though Su's alcoholism that morphs into the triumphant martial arts moves Drunken Fist, like Depp's unbeatable inebriated pirate, are beyond silly.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Yuen understands that martial arts sequences are more than bodies in motion, they are bodies telling stories in motion.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
A bloated epic that never gets past the limits of a stilted set-up, and then damningly wears out its welcome with a plodding final act that offers none of the catharsis its makers seem to think it does.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
An exciting mix of the best of Old School kung fu cinema and new technology absolutely worth seeing on big screen. Pity that the film's terrible, tacked-on ending keeps True Legend from being truly legendary.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Bridged by rude comedy familiar to veteran viewers of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, True Legend is refreshingly unpretentious in comparison to the pompous nationalism of recent Chinese war spectacles like The Warring States.
Vadim Rizov - Boxoffice Magazine
From the opening credits to its predictable conclusion it becomes clear that 'True Legend' lays its intelligence at the level of a superhero comic strip (or saloon delirium).
John Esther - UR Chicago Magazine
Indeed, there's a true legend at work here, but unfortunately, the phrase is not descriptive of the film itself but rather its maker Yuen Woo-ping, the brilliant martial arts choreographer.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Warrior perfects a new form of martial arts after tragedy strikes his family in a film from the extraordinary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A silly and yet often enjoyable action film, the movie isn't so much a winking homage to those late-'70s Hong Kong exports as another entry...
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It starts off spectacularly, with some of the finest, fastest and most graceful fight footage I've ever seen.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Yuen stages exciting battles - slo-mo, freeze frame, and much gravity-slaying enhance the mood and often majestic settings - but the episodic structure wears thin before the last throat punch.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
rabidly fun and cameo-packed
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Anyone who fondly remembers the kung-fu glory years will likely get a nostalgic rush from True Legend, and not just because of the cameo appearances by Michelle Yeoh, Gordon Liu, and David Carradine.
Noel Murray - AV Club
The story is painfully simplistic, and it becomes quickly apparent that the narrative is a crude cement to hold together the carnage.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Formulaic action-packed martial-arts fantasy, chronicling a ferocious family feud.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The real true legend here is Yuen Woo-ping, a chopsocky Renaissance man whose action choreography defines the post-Bruce Lee era of martial-arts cinema.
David Fear - Time Out
The film's mano-y-mano battle on a waterfall overhang will leave you gasping for air.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Ostensibly set in the 1860s at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the opening battle looks more like Middle Earth than anything from history.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
a solidly made, craftsmanlike opus that satisfies the requirements of period martial arts films and preserves Yuen Woo-Ping's distinguished position among that industry's venerated elders.
Todd Gilchrist - CraveOnline
[An] entertaining kung-fu movie.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
There are two epic climactic fights and three or four more sequences as good as The Matrix or Crouching Tiger fights.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Giddy wirework and occasional flurries of poor 3D don't come to the rescue of a turgid, anti-climactic plot in Yuen Woo-ping's chop-socky extravaganza...
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
This movie naturally boasts some great action scenes. But otherwise it's a slightly plodding account of Chinese myth and legend.
There is certainly quality action to enjoy here but [it's] an overlong disappointment that falls beneath Yuen Woo-ping's potential as a filmmaker.
Mark Pollard - Kung Fu Cinema