Sacrifice (2012)

A story of epic revenge, Sacrifice focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

With its widescreen compositions and flame-illuminated interiors, "Sacrifice" is visually entrancing. Yet the movie is not just an exercise in style.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) cowrote and directed, and his talent for psychological drama isn't really suited to this sort of broad, mythic storytelling.

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Louis Proyect

Both a thrilling swordplay epic as well as an intimate chamber drama about clashing filial loyalties.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

It is handsomely done and well-acted, but it lacks real energy or purpose.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

It charges out of the gate in Indiana Jones style, employing so many plot twists that you may need a scorecard. Then after an hour or so, it settles into an intimate, character-driven drama, before its low-key yet thought-provoking finale.

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Todd Jorgenson

The visuals from Chen and his crew are striking.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Perhaps it's all that armor, or that even the estimable Mr. Wang seems exhausted by the film's dolorous themes, but it's tough to care about characters who spend most of their lives obsessing over the violent deaths of others.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Now who exactly are those two guys slurping noodles? Are they both doctors? Why do they matter?

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Kirk Honeycutt

The master's touch is evident throughout a carefully calibrated drama that builds to a shocking tragedy.

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