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A story of epic revenge, Sacrifice focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With its widescreen compositions and flame-illuminated interiors, "Sacrifice" is visually entrancing. Yet the movie is not just an exercise in style."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) cowrote and directed, and his talent for psychological drama isn't really suited to this sort of broad, mythic storytelling."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Both a thrilling swordplay epic as well as an intimate chamber drama about clashing filial loyalties."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Chinese film fans will be intrigued by a shift to more human, less spectacle-based storytelling."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A widowed father grooms his son to be a killer in a sweeping drama set in fifth-century B.C. China."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"It charges out of the gate in Indiana Jones style, employing so many plot twists that you may need a scorecard. Then after an hour or so, it settles into an intimate, character-driven drama, before its low-key yet thought-provoking finale."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"The visuals from Chen and his crew are striking."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Chen can't seem to decide whether he's making a fable or something more down-to-earth, but Sacrifice works either way, if not both at once."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"A historical melodrama that retains an ancient, elemental pull even as it insufficiently charts motivation and the self-denying values of antiquity."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Perhaps it's all that armor, or that even the estimable Mr. Wang seems exhausted by the film's dolorous themes, but it's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Now who exactly are those two guys slurping noodles? Are they both doctors? Why do they matter?"
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The master's touch is evident throughout a carefully calibrated drama that builds to a shocking tragedy."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
"There are some wonderful wuxia-style fight scenes spread throughout, and a last duel finally shifts all the plodding backstory into a visual spectacle."
‑ Jake Mulligan, Boston Phoenix
"Techs are terrific, from costume to cinematography, giving the film a lovely look."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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