The Eight Hundred

critic Reviews

, 86% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Ian FreerEmpire Magazine
    The Eight Hundred bites off more that it can chew but it consistently serves up gripping filmmaking on the biggest canvas.
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    Michael OrdoñaLos Angeles Times
    "The Eight Hundred" fetishizes martyrdom, but for those seeking big-screen, epic violence, it's pretty much the only game in town.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Guan goes hammer and tongs with the special effects, delivering stupendously, joint-rattlingly-loud battle scenes and combat sequences edited to the lightning pace of a superhero movie.
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    Elizabeth KerrHollywood Reporter
    The Eight Hundred is thin on characterization, and too often slips into rote narrative and war movie cliches.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    [A]t least those who like blunt metaphors with their war movies will get a kick out of Hu's most blatant device: a majestic white horse that the NRA lets gallop through the warehouse as if rubber-stamped with the words "hope."
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    Maggie LeeVariety
    Plunges audiences into both the intimacy and magnitude of brutal war spectacle while immersing them in a stunningly mounted period canvas.
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    James MarshSouth China Morning Post
    As bombastic and melodramatic as one might expect it to be, The Eight Hundred is also relentlessly thrilling, and exquisitely photographed on huge, practical sets.
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    Jim Schembrijimschembri.com
    The scale and period detail are often jaw dropping. The carnage is massive and the unflinching brutality of the fighting includes some hard-to-watch scenes where soldiers are forced at gunpoint by a sadistic commander to execute prisoners.
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    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    The benefit is a quite overwhelming, palpable realism.
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    John LuiThe Straits Times (Singapore)
    It serves as a big-budget corrective to myths about war generated by Western cinema, such as the idea that Asians stood by to watch while Westerners fight their battles.
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