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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Soaring and romantic, wild and serene, feminist and gutsy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the best movies of the year.

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  • 100

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    This is a great movie, but it needs a sales job because it's in Mandarin.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Transcends its origins and becomes one of a kind. It's glorious, unashamed escapism and surprisingly touching at the same time.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Splendid, soaringly ambitious Chinese period fantasy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Amazing, magical martial arts fairy tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features a lot of martial arts battles. Most are bloodless, but one character is killed when a blade is hurtled into his forehead. Major characters are killed, and one death could be interpreted as suicide. Although the women in the movie are treated with complete equality and are equal to or superior to the men in judgement and combat, one female character expresses bitterness that she was not permitted to train as a warrior. There is brief mild language.

  • Families can talk about how we balance our heads and our hearts to forge lives that are grounded in honor and in love.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Women are as strong and effective as the men, often more so.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A lot of kick-boxing and other fighting, brilliantly staged. Characters killed. Possible suicide.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Implied sexual encounter, nothing shown.

  • language false0

    Language: Brief mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable