(1993)

Critic Reviews

79

Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Where it really counts, though, it's the same good old comic action fantasy.
90
Wall Street Journal
Now the movie can be seen for what it was all along, remarkable by any standards.
88
Chicago Tribune
The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
88
Baltimore Sun
Viewers impressed by the fairly standard martial-arts action of "Crouching Tiger" will really be wowed after seeing this film.
88
Charlotte Observer
This superficial plot, almost devoid of characterization or weighty emotions, is an excuse for ferocious, fast and frequent combat.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Gravity-defying kung fu choreography.
75
A long-on-video 1993 release now restored to its original Cantonese with different music and more audio pop.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's indescribable fun.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Basically aimed at audiences who want elaborate fight sequences and fidget at the dialogue in between. It's for the fans, not the crossover audience.
75
Miami Herald
The creative vigor of its originality, distilled in a pure and unadulterated form, is simply exhilarating.
63
New York Daily News
The requisite set piece, which will remind you of the treetop sequence in "Crouching Tiger," involves a fight atop a forest of burning poles, exactly the kind of thing you want in a movie like this.

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