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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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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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Kaori Shoji
Japan Times

The battle scenes are spectacularly choreographed, and the narrative hinges on a Westerner who shifts his own perspective from being self-centred to self-sacrificing.

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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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Great Wall's unevenness is never more apparent than in its proliferation of less-than-engrossing subplots...

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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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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Gloriously, fantastically stupid from beginning to end, Fifth Generation legend Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall is also, you know, not terrible on the grand scale of terrible things.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
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
Jamie Clarke
Pretty entertaining even if it's nothing original or new as we can guess what happens and when it happens but it does have some good action scenes and the… 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
Chrisanne Chin
Despite distractions from unnecessary controversies, The Great Wall is a visual feast, thanks to the signature touch of the renown Chinese director Zhang Yi… More