New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It’s doubtful that Scorsese will redo this new Lau thriller, which is OK because the Chinese original is all fans need.
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The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The Guillotines expends most of its energy in its first 30 minutes, leaving the audience with roughly 90 minutes of soapy Qing Dynasty fan fiction.
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The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
The incrementally served up pieces never satisfactorily cohere. The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground.
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Slant Magazine

By Rob Humanick
Despite the multitude of cinematic tricks the prolific Andrew Lau has up his sleeve, the film is a disappointingly rote entry in the wuxia pantheon.
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
A corny saga of social and generational conflict, it's ultimately yet another Chinese period epic that functions as a thinly veiled treatise on the nobility of socialist equality.
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
An action fan could be forgiven for the medicinal taste that this slick but dissipating exercise leaves behind.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
All the solemnity is deadly: Not one of these superhuman gang members registers in memory, and you feel stiffed on gory giggles. Talk about having your chain yanked.
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35 out of 100
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