The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"It is hard to say how much influence (Doug) Liman had over the finished product, but the already jittery directorial eye of Wuershan may have been better served by a collaborator who favours a less-is-more approach."
‑ Simon Foster, Digital Retribution
"If [it] sounds juvenile, well, okay, maybe it is. But who cares, when it's all so damn much fun?"
‑ Andy Klein, Brand X
"In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Wuershang is too busy mixing up a slurry of postmodern techniques, abortive fight scenes, and noisy set pieces to spend any time on fundamentals."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Likeable crazy, combined with visual stylistics and driven by a sense of humour, this madcap Chinese martial arts frolic has everything"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"And the prize for the most incomprehensible movie of the millennium goes to the Chinese martial-arts comedy "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman.""
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Only in the centerpiece sequence does first-time director Wuershan successfully maintain his balance of the grotesque and the fanciful, a tricky feat elsewhere upset by his obnoxious style."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"This coarse, complicated period comedy is unlikely to catch on with mainstream U.S. audiences, while fans of contemporary Chinese movies will compare it-mostly unfavorably-to Stephen Chow's equally broad but more graceful action comedies."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
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