Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011)

A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. Stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 2, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It is a peculiar conflation of history -- there really was an Empress Wu -- and pure cinematic fantasy.

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John DeFore
Washington Post

"Dee" doesn't shoot for the gravitas of Zhang Yimou's "Hero." It doesn't approach that film's magnificent sensory impact, either, or the artistic romanticism that made "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" such a success here.

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

If you're looking for a popcorn movie, producer-director Tsui has crafted an absurdist fantasy that might cure -- or spontaneously combust -- the summertime blues. But even escapist entertainment can have interesting angles.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

By the end, with the running time pushing past the two-hour mark, it's reasonable to ask: Just who are these people?

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Three decades into his career, Tsui Hark stands as one of the movies' great entertainers, displaying a dancer's sense of rhythm and movement and manipulating physical space with an abandon worthy of Chuck Jones.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

What's tragic about "Detective Dee" is the fact that it rapes a chapter of Chinese history beyond any semblance of reality.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Detective Dee is the action flick of the year, a two-hour epic that blows the Pirates of the Caribbean to the Bermuda Triangle.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

A colourful carnival of relentless action and artful images.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The game's afoot, and the foot knows kung fu.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
A wonderful martial arts adventure that keeps a fun and engaging pace. Detective Dee is released from prison in order to help solve a series of spontaneous… More
Bruce Bruce
One over the top power packed film, Doesn't get any better, plenty of action packed scenes. The acting and costumes are unreal, Can't imagine on the… More
paul sandberg
Viewing Detective Dee I often felt a stranger in a strange land. The sensibilities of the film seemed as foreign as the language - all the talk of honor and… More
Lewis C.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame boasts some amazing visuals and action scenes, but the disjointed story and clunky subtitles stop it from… More
Letitia Lew
Chinese version of Sherlock Holmes + Men In Black + some genuinely Chinese fantasy and campiness. And again, I just love Andy Lau.
Jason Spencer
While it looks great and the acting is good the film dives into the silly way to often. About halfway through I fell asleep due to boredom and awoke to find the… More