The Great Wall
The Great Wall (2017)

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary's The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 17, 2017
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2017
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Consensus: For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Zhang's moments of visual splendor-a battalion of hot-air balloonists, the queen-monster and her royal guard of fan-frilled monstrosities-are weighed down by a script and performances almost dutiful in their dullness.

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

To watch it is to be aware of how little movies this size have to do with art and how much they are product, the result of a calculation involving actorly appeal and spectacle, because spectacle, not story, has the... most universal draw.

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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

The Great Wall is one of the seven wonders of the world. Director Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall, however, is not.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Its epic imagery - the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces - is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.

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Amy Nicholson

Damon's wild-haired gringo claims to have soldiered under "many flags," which would explain his shape-shifting accent that's Irish except for when it sounds beamed from Mars.

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Renuka Vyavahare
The Times of India

The Great Wall doesn't have a single dull moment, thanks to the visuals in 3D. But if you seek something deeper, beyond the spectacle of fantasy war movie tropes, this one's quite forgettable.

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James Berardinelli

If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What a bummer that all Chinese master Zhang Yimou and Hollywood star Matt Damon come up with is a B-level creature feature with delusions of grandeur.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The real acid test is your reaction to the sight of a pagoda-high pile of furious, computer-generated dragons. Bring it on? Then The Great Wall might just be for you.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
K so in China there is this huge wall that was slowly constructed over the ages by various Dynasties. The earliest construction starting back in the 7th century… More
Kevin M. Williams
Strictly for the kiddies. There's one portion that features women bungee jumping as if Olympic divers from the wall to attack monsters with spears - so… More
Christian C
It seems likely that the film is entitled "The Great Wall" because they couldn't have called the film "great" in reference to the… More
Nate Zoebl
The Great Wall is the most expensive film in Chinese history and the first major co-production between an American film studio and a Chinese-owned studio. While… More
Jens S.
Entertaining blend of the over-the-top-action of Asian cinema and American banter. The creature effects are decent but not very subtle, making this an actual… More
Dann Michalski
The great white hope, Matt Damon, saves China in the bizarre fantasy-action film The Great Wall. After traveling to China in search of black powder a band of… More