Sacrifice (2012) Synopsis
A doctor raises a clan's last surviving member, hoping to turn him into an instrument of revenge.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Chen's direction is his most staid yet, but the riveting story speaks for itself.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In Sacrifice, about a father who loses his son to the power of the state, it is difficult to miss the parallels with Chen's own life.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Ultimately, the film works because the doctor's relationship with the general - and both of their relationships with the doctor's young boy...
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By Leslie Felperin
Sacrifice is practically a chamber piece, and duly draws its strength from its performances, especially those of Ge and Wang.
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Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of...
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Los Angeles Times

Sacrifice is mostly a melodrama concerned with deception, betrayal and just what makes a family. It is handsomely done and well-acted, but...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
It's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Sacrifice wants to have it both ways. It's willing neither to give itself up to the goofy sincerity of genre conventions nor to make the...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
The Fifth Generation filmmaker has aced such recipes before (e.g. The Emperor and the Assassin); this time, both the spectacular and the...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Chen's attention to character over spectacle pays minimal dividends and is compounded by the fact that his battles - full of standard-issue...
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Rated R | For Some Violent Content