Shadow

critic Reviews

95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score95%
  • Beautifully filmed and inventively choreographed, Shadow is a thrilling and visually sumptuous wuxia epic that finds director Zhang Yimou near peak form.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    You've gotta see it to believe it.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    If The Great Wall felt like Yimou was turning his greatest hits into something dispassionately bland, then Shadow takes the familiar and makes it feel startlingly new.
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    Tom KeoghSeattle Times
    It's always good to see this side of Zhang's work. "Shadow" will not soon be forgotten.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    Shadow isn't quite as perfect as one might wish.
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    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    "Shadow" is absurdly entertaining once you get past that first introductory hurdle. But the rest of the film is well worth the wait.
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    A rapturously beautiful work...combining the exquisite details of Chinese ink-brush painting with the melodramatic extravagance and suspension of disbelief of opera.
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    Dan SchindelHyperallergic
    This heightened atmosphere sets the perfect tone for the story, which is rife with scheming, torqued emotion, and of course, incredible fight scenes.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    It has the goods, both as spectacle and as an enjoyable dense political thriller.
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    Dennis SchwartzOzus' World Movie Reviews
    f you like sword fights you should like this wuxia film despite its confusing palace intrigues.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    There's a certain traditional type of ink finger-painting in China that director Zhang Yimou's new movie evokes to seductive perfection.
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