Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's action opera, sword-and-sorcery song-and-dance, and it's a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping thrill. OK, so I kind of like the thing.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The most gorgeous movie of the year. This smashing martial-arts romance from Chinese director Zhang Yimou is stunning in other ways, too, like the eroticism that ripples just beneath the surface.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's as thrilling and lushly beautiful a movie as has been released all year, matched only by Zhang's epic "Hero." And I think this film is the more powerful.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in House of Flying Daggers, and focus just on the visuals.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
An outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression. At the same time, it offers something we rarely encounter in a whirling martial-arts extravaganza: a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A glorious new addition to martial-arts cinema.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a perfect example of how far production design and editing WON'T take you when the story's not there.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Beautiful but hollow.
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89 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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