Confucius (2010)

From the producer of Red Cliff and Warlords and shot in the same lavish style, Confucius stars superstar Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the legendary hero of the title: a man who lead the kingdom of Lu in battle against… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Groves

Chow Yun-fat fails to inspire as Chinese philosopher.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This ambitious biopic feels chopped down from something much longer, as it leaps through the story without giving us much to engage with.

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Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

For its faults and excesses, Confucius may be the trickle that turns into a flood. Western audiences will learn to love it. They will have little choice.

Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

The narrative feels unfocused at times and the pace is changeable, but give it a chance and the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, at least, will win you over.

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Anton Bitel

it celebrates the ethics of what would later become known as Confucianism, but also stages the mismatch between high ideals and realpolitik - as though to say that there was no place in China for China's greatest thinker.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The ancient Chinese philosopher, he say Chow Yun-Fat no good at playing him, no good at all, in this painfully dreary epic biopic.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Chow Yun-fat plays the philosopher with dignified aplomb; otherwise, we rely on action as much as words, and never learn enough about the man.

Daily Express (UK)

A ponderous, underwhelming epic.

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Xan Brooks

Its constant bowing and scraping set my teeth on edge. Confucius loves Confucius -- endlessly and unconditionally -- and flatly demands that we do too.

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Confucius was a statesman and philosopher during the Qin dynasty who championed education and fair government in favour of constant war between the ruling… More
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Confucius (Chinese: 孔子) is a biographical drama written, produced and directed by Hu Mei, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Chinese… More