Curse of the Golden Flower Synopsis
A king and queen fight one another for power.
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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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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

By Peter Travers
The final effect is stunning, but also sadly impersonal.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Like a soap opera, but most of what glitters is gold.
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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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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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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...
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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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GOLDEN FLOWER blossoms as one of Yimous's Best

By lugubriousthespian
Master Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER has everything an upscale epic should have; incredible sets and costumes, great actors and a powerful story. This movie ( last of a...

good movie

By kobe_24
movie was good through out, beautiful setting, great plot, a especially great performence by Gong Li, pretty good performence by Chou Yun Fat and the rest of the cast. One thing didn't work for me:...

Curse of the Golden Flower

By cookie101
I was not impressed with how the movie was written. I am very much interested with ancient Chinese dynasties but this one was disappointing...

A Striking Masterpiece

By Moviedude
The most visually impressive movie of 2006 is Curse of the Golden Flower.However,along with it's beautiful scenery,and colorful set,lies a unique plot.The plot is not your average plot,and it really...

A lot of outstanding visuals with little story

By premises
Refined attention to detail, cinematography, costumes and visual effects but there is a lack of character development with incoherent, poor plot. Oh and too much of Tang Dynasty cleavage shots....

Well, I thought it was good.

By xmayhemx
I loved this movie. I think the chinese scenery is visually beautiful and the story line was really easy to understand. Some things weren't explained though. I thought it was really, really good....

Beautiful movie

By night-at-the-movies
It is really difficult to tell you to go or not to go to this movie. On one hand, it costumes, sheer number of actors, and settings/scenes are an absolute must see. On the other hand, if you know...

The curse of the golden flower

By antenitas
Beautiful visuals. A classic chinese soap opera. You will certainly find a character to relate to. Secret plots, affairs, revenge and deception. It feels a bit long towards the end but if you stick...


By mac2you
This film was beautiful as expected. However, it did not hit the mark of Hero. Overall, it was very enjoyable and still maitains the operatic qualit expected....

Good Movie

By fluusa
Good movie, good story, production is good, only ending too sad....

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Rated R | For violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Violent, operatic saga of cruelty and revenge.
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