The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012)

As one of the defining stories of the wuxia genre, the saga of the Dragon Gate Inn has already been the source material for two classic martial arts films. Now legendary writer/director/producer Tsui Hark revisits these legends in The… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 31, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Guy Lodge
Time Out

Amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights - each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last ...

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Flying Swords" is a chunky spectacle, to be sure - overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one.

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Edmund Lee
Screen International

Visually inventive yet dramatically lacking.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

For followers of wuxia films, the epic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a godsend...But the convoluted storyline...blunts the appeal for anyone who's not a fan.

Mike Hale
New York Times

While the attractive performers and the action set pieces, including fights inside a sand tornado and around a spider's web of razor wire, are enough to carry you through the film, "Flying Swords" is a bit of a letdown ...

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

It's fun in the moment, but hardly one for the ages.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The plot is secondary. "Flying Swords" is to be seen for its eye-popping action.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The movie is beautifully designed and the action sequences are violent and truly spectacular in a hallucinatory way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
The plot to this film isn't that important, unfortunately, too many of the action scenes use CGI to the point that it undermines the hard work of the… More
Panta Oz
What a disappointing night! Full cinema, perfect 3D, high expectations... and just an average wuxia Jet Li film which will be soon forgotten regardless the… More
JY Skacto
When Tsui Hark incorporates 3D with Wuxia, <i> Flying Swords of Dragon Gate</i> is the outcome.<p>As far as the main plot-line goes, it is… More
Andreia Cordeiro
How did I even watch 20 minutes of this... It's disappointing to say the least.
Walter M.
At the end of the Ming Dynasty, the eunuchs are overcompensating in their thirst for power as they seek to crush their enemies. In order to keep them in check,… More