As the war drags on, "Warriors of the Rainbow" outstays its welcome. I've never seen more severed heads in a film and cared less.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The film's alternating talky torpor and frantic mayhem makes Warriors feel like it's operating in either fast-forward or slow motion...
Nick Schager - Village Voice
An ambitious, blood-soaked retelling of an uprising by Taiwanese natives against Japanese occupiers.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
At times, Warriors sacrifices dramatic nuance for scale, but even its most rousing passages are tempered by a sense of loss.
Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
At 2 1/2 hours, "Warriors" is a bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Bruising, brutal tale of rebellion in early 20th Century Taiwan suffers from overkill.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
The Taiwanese epic doesn't shy away from anything even though the message is pretty hopeless. But all of the film's depth seems to have been stripped away.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
The film includes some stunning visuals, including a few terrific jungle battle scenes.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Given China's ongoing interest in the island and its unknowable future, this historical backstory behind current events is welcome indeed.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
At two and a half hours, Warriors Of The Rainbow has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.
Noel Murray - AV Club
You can see why Woo, the noted Hong Kong action director, would want to produce it: It fits right in with his "heroic bloodshed" cinematic legacy.
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle
Taiwanese natives battle occupying Japanese forces in a doomed uprising. Exciting if exhausting account of a real-life incident.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
There's something to be said about a two-and-a-half-hour war epic that manages to make each of its countless decapitation scenes feel earned, even called for, in the moment.
Michael Nordine - Slant Magazine