The Beginning of a Great Revival
The Beginning of a Great Revival (2011)

Beginning of the Great Revival, known as The Founding of a Party in China and a companion piece to 2009's blockbuster The Founding of a Republic, details the historic events surrounding what is referred to as the Chinese Revolution, the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 24, 2011
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andy Webster
New York Times

"Revival" is a proud statement by an ascendant society. But it demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Perhaps the translation is at fault here, but why does the dialogue consistently do so little to flesh out the characters?

Brent Simon
Screen International

The technical accomplishment and narrative scope of this propagandistic telling of the origins of the Chinese Communist Party stand in contrast to plotting that is stodgy and characterizations that are thin and functionally sketched.

Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

The highly-charged crowd scenes in which dissidents clash with authorities are staged with visual flair, conveying an exhilarating sense of self-empowerment which is the essence of revolution.

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Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

History of Chinese Communism drowns in data.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A muddled would-be epic of the Chinese Communist Party's founding, this all-star propaganda pageant plays like an incoherent lesson plan.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

"Great Revival" is in many ways the very definition of propaganda - it even ends with an image of a waving flag - but "Revival" is too harmlessly flabby to be taken quite that seriously.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Epic with production values and a terrific ensemble cast, but often bland and emotionally hollow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Chihoe Ho
Boasting quite the big name cast in East Asian cinema is about the only thing great about "The Beginning of a Great Revival". Even though the content… More