The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman
The Butcher, The Chef And The Swordsman (2011)

A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Adams
Globe and Mail

About the only thing this cinematic whirligig skimps on is coherence, both narrative and aesthetic.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Wuershan's heavy hand, never letting up for a moment to allow any air or life to enter the film, cuts off the film's energy even as it rattles relentlessly on.

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Simon Foster
Digital Retribution

It is hard to say how much influence (Doug) Liman had over the finished product, but the already jittery directorial eye of Wuershan may have been better served by a collaborator who favours a less-is-more approach.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

In his embrace of American sensibilities, Wuershan seems to have mastered a Hollywood specialty: empty calories served loud, flashy and fast.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

If it's diminished by the director's feverish urge to over-achieve, this movie is clearly the kind of irreverent, multi-platform, cross-genre, otherworldly stuff Hollywood wants from China: fast, furious, big, bold and brassy.

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

Wuershang is too busy mixing up a slurry of postmodern techniques, abortive fight scenes, and noisy set pieces to spend any time on fundamentals.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

And the prize for the most incomprehensible movie of the millennium goes to the Chinese martial-arts comedy "The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman."

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Only in the centerpiece sequence does first-time director Wuershan successfully maintain his balance of the grotesque and the fanciful, a tricky feat elsewhere upset by his obnoxious style.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

This coarse, complicated period comedy is unlikely to catch on with mainstream U.S. audiences, while fans of contemporary Chinese movies will compare it-mostly unfavorably-to Stephen Chow's equally broad but more graceful action comedies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Quite strange tale of revenge, honour and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the… More