By Mark Jenkins
It's a surprisingly nuanced and sober tale of brotherhood and betrayal.
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The Hollywood Reporter

After a career excelling in highbrow urban romances, Hong Kong director Peter Chan ("Perhaps Love") earns his spurs in his march into war epic territory.
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By Kim Newman
The guy story is so strong that conventional romantic interludes with the woman torn between two men could easily have been dropped.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Warlords, ultimately, tries to speak to the futility of war - but it does so by staging one gargantuan dustup after another.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Fans of this film will some day wear out their DVDs and Blu-rays playing that fantastic battle scene again and again.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Wade Major
Though less splashy than "Red Cliff," or for that matter "Hero," or even "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the picture nonetheless embraces a classic melodramatic approach to an otherwise familiar Ching Dynasty tale, delivering one of the most bracing Asian period films in many years.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It’s all lavish, if disposable. But in a nifty change of pace, the warriors in The Warlords are interesting.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The scope of director Peter Chan's military drama is impressive, though this sometimes-rousing depiction of strategy and loyalty in mid-1800s China pales next to recent, similar historical epics like "Red Cliff" and "Mongol."
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
There's a visceral, albeit somewhat goofy, satisfaction to this stuff.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Is nothing sacred? In the schizophrenic war epic The War lords, Jet Li, the hunky action hero, cries -- no, make that sobs -- several times. What will his legion of young male fans think?
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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