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.

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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Rain Jokinen

The Great Wall is not a groundbreaking film by any means, but at least it's fun

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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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David Keyes

Special effects gurus are tasked with the rescue of a plot that is set adrift with moronic simplicity.

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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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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

As pure spectacle, The Great Wall is absolutely dazzling.

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John Serba

As ambitious as it is flat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
K Nife Churchkey
Oh my God. What a piece of crap. I made it about halfway through before I left the theater. "What were they trying to keep out?" They should have kept… 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
Philip Price
It was funny, as when The Great Wall was to initially be released back in November or December of 2016 (which it still was in China) I imagined it to be Matt… More