90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I don't know the Mongolian word for panache, but Mongol's got plenty of it. The battle scenes are as notable for their clarity as their intensity; we can follow the strategies, get a sense of who's losing and who's winning. The physical production is sumptuous.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Proves eye-opening in two ways: Sweeping, bloody battles will make your orbs pop, and you'll re-evaluate this supposedly “uncivilized” man who unified quarrelsome Central Asian tribes to create one of the largest empires in history.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mongol is great cinema, great fun.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As a visual spectacle, it is all but overwhelming, putting to shame some of the recent historical epics from Hollywood. If it has a flaw, and it does, it is expressed succinctly by the wife of its hero: "All Mongols do is kill and steal."
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Mongol is quality escapism: an exotic saga that compels, moves and envelops us with its grand and captivating story.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Quite grand, quite exotic, David Lean-style epic.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Even at the movie's most ridiculous (and Mongol is not without its ridiculous moments), this is a picture you laugh with more than laugh at.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
In general the film is so impressive that we can't leave the theater without wanting more.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Every performer is tough and charismatic, especially Honglei Sun, who, as Jamukha, gives so many neck-cracks, guttural howls and conspiratorial smiles he's like a Chinese Marlon Brando.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Sergei Bodrov's Mongol relates the story of Genghis Khan's early years in a plodding, uninspired fashion that doesn't bode well for the next two entries in a planned trilogy.
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74 out of 100
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