The Guillotines
The Guillotines (2013)

It is the deadliest weapon made by man. The mere mention of its name fills hearts with terror. Long shrouded in mystery, it launches from a distance and locks onto the target's head, the internal blades decapitating the victim with the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 13, 2013
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Maggie Lee
Variety

The lack of rip-roaring martial arts or even a half-decent storyline will leave genre aficionados feeling short-changed.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

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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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

The Guillotines is an overdramatic and fluffy piece of cinema that has a few decent moments, but is otherwise forgettable.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The plot is of little importance - the spectacular action and gorgeous landscapes and costumes are what matter.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A historical action epic set during the Qing dynasty that amounts to a bait-and-switch for wuxia fans stoked for steel-meets-flesh mayhem.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Any topical relevance for the material is compromised by a script that is woefully clumsy and melodramatic.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The blades fly as do the heads, but the movie remains disappointingly aground.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Although a bit too gory for me and difficult to follow at times, the film also boasts some gorgeous visuals as well as intriguing characters played by Ethan Juan and Xiaoming Huang.

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