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House of Flying Daggers Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 5.0
    89

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in House of Flying Daggers, and focus just on the visuals.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    An astonishing combination of spectacle, suspense, martial-arts flash, sublime silliness, anti-gravity action and passionate intensity -- before and after everything else, it's a grand love story.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's as thrilling and lushly beautiful a movie as has been released all year, matched only by Zhang's epic "Hero." And I think this film is the more powerful.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A glorious new addition to martial-arts cinema.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression. At the same time, it offers something we rarely encounter in a whirling martial-arts extravaganza: a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Gorgeous, but also very violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is violent. The fight scenes are beautiful but deadly, with graphic injuries and many deaths. There are sexual references and situations including a scene in a brothel and attempted sexual assault. A strength of the movie is its portrayal of women and of Chinese men and women as strong, brave, and loyal.

  • Families can talk about the difficult choices presented to Mei, Jin, and Leo. How did they decide on what was most important to them?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Strong female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Constant peril and violence, some graphic, many characters killed.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including brothel, partial nudity, attempted sexual assault.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, character gets drunk.

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