100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a work by cinematic geniuses that reveals beauty and terror in a long-ago time with a virtuoso intensity. You won't soon forget its mad, lovely sights and sounds.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A dazzling costume epic, a spectacle for the eyes and for the soul.
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88

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's a lavish entertainment that revels in lurid colors and yet more lurid emotions.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most beautiful movies of the last 20 years, and with his latest, Curse of the Golden Flower, he has also made one of the most deliciously nutty.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Curse of the Golden Flower is the year's most operatic and visually lavish film.
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75

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
But as Western analogies go, Curse achieves an emotional fervor more in keeping with ancient Greek mythology than Elizabethan theater.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Curse of the Golden Flower is a watchable soap opera, but its marching-band martial-arts scenes are little more than weakly staged retreads of the ones in Zhang's "Hero."
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As easy as this movie is to watch, it's artificially flavored. "Golden Flower" runs on crocodile tears and corn-syrup blood.
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70 out of 100
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