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The Sorcerer and the White Snake
Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. (c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"These showdowns feature spectacular, Lord of the Rings-style CGI settings, but not much in the way of thrills or terror."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Fantastic visuals and non-stop action make for a spectacular, romantic Chinese CGI feast."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"This hyperactive assault on the senses from Hong Kong is noteworthy only for its dazzling array of computer-generated special effects."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"An amusing Chinese martial arts reminder that not all cheese comes from Switzerland, or Wisconsin."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"The director has pulled out all stops to impress, perhaps a bit too excessively, so that the fragile emotions of this love affair are undermined."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"The clunky action mostly revolves around uninspired wire-fu choreography: Monks fly around while flailing their arms as hordes of CGI creatures gather around and then do nothing."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"The Sorcerer and the White Snake is unfortunately just another average Jet Li film to throw into the pile. Its bloated and overloaded use of mediocre special effects practically shackles the film to its humdrum atmosphere."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"We've seen this movie before, in better clothes and with a much higher IQ."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"It's a sometimes charming film from the veteran action filmmaker, but remains a curiosity, lacking comic sharpness and romantic intensity."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Though The Sorcerer and the White Snake is excessive and at times jumbled, younger viewers will surely respond to the colourful characters and settings, and the bold vision on display is charming... for the most part."
‑ Michael Simms, FILMINK (Australia)
"A silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A masterpiece of imagination. Offers wall-to-wall goofy fun for fans of martial arts flicks, fantasies, or just good old-fashioned cinematic nuttiness."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The film looks so glossy, plasticized, and unreal that all you end up thinking about is special effects."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"There's hardly any love affair left really because the CGI has taken over with a vengeance. I got a bit bored by this, because it's just special effects, just CGI all the way through and the story is just shunted aside."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"With the mushometer maxed out, and a score that starts on overdrive and heads for overbearing, this ridiculously melodramatic tale of forbidden love tries to bury its narrative flaws with a colourful coating of CGI - but ends up a shiny glutinous mess."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
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