• Released
  • September 2, 2011
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 2 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign
100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to the Bermuda Triangle.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The pulp-fictional hero is inhabited by the charismatic Andy Lau who, together with Chinese stars Bingbing Li, Ms. Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai, makes Detective Dee the most purely entertaining film of our vanishing summer.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
On the basis of its scale, energy and magical events, this is the Hong Kong equivalent of a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. But it transcends them with the stylization of the costumes, the panoply of the folklore, the richness of the setting, and the fact that none of the characters (allegedly) have superpowers.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
I've seen Detective Dee twice now, and I still don't think I've taken the full measure of the visual nuttiness, and lushness, Tsui has packed in there.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Simon Abrams
Hark's new film is a consummately bizarre crowd-pleaser that throws everything at the viewer from makeshift plastic surgery by acupuncture to death by spontaneous combustion.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Although it lacks the historical aura of classic Chinese wuxia backdrops, James Chiu's post-"Avatar" production design is memorably imaginative.
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
It's slambang in pacing, bald in exposition, and offers cast-of-hundreds spectacle.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
To maximize your entertainment budget, look no further.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
All this is loads of fun, but after a while sensory overload sets in, dulling the mind. Even in a kung-fu flick, more isn't always better.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Pure escapist hokum, with action choreography by Sammo Hung, but I sure miss that old-school wire work.
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75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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