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A mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.
Action Adventure Fantasy - Despite the appearances that this is an epic historical drama, this
is a full-on monster movie that happens to be set in ancient China,
so this is very far from director Zhang Yimou's usual serious dramas.
Damon and a briefly seen Willem Dafoe co-star with a largely Chinese
cast. Some language and a lot of violent and intense battles with
monsters make the film too scary for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Attacks by and battles with monsters. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Fights, battles, chases with monsters. COMEDY: Some banter and wisecracks.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "The Great Wall" is unlike any American blockbuster you've seen, a conservative movie with action set pieces that are actually inventive and thrilling enough to be worthwhile. See it on as big a screen as you can.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average The Great Wall would probably be a lot more culturally offensive if it wasn't such a complete trainwreck. ...The Great Wall crumbles mainly because of its wholly predictable plot, wretched dialogue and dud of a filmgoing experience...
NY PostFull Review Average The Great Wall is long, but "The Great Wall” is short. It may be a second-rate "Lord of the Rings,” but at least it doesn't overstay its welcome. ...pretty silly stuff, but not a whole lot sillier than "The Lord of the Rings.”
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average ...a $150 million mess of muddy 3-D computer effects and backward thinking. ...Zhang keeps everything moving in a swirl of color, light and dizzying action. Which helpfully distracts from a plot, credited to three screenwriters, that doesn't make a lick of sense.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 93 moviegoers:
TEENS: Of the 8 males, 3 loved it and 5 enjoyed it very much. Of the 5 females, two loved it, two enjoyed "The Great Wall" very much and one felt it was an "average" movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Five of the nine males loved it, two enjoyed it very much and two felt it was an "average" movie. Half the ladies loved "The Great Wall" and half indicated that they enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
ADULTS: Many professional movie critics rated "The Great Wall" below average or average. Moviegoers certainly enjoyed it much more than that, me included. Approximately half of both the males and females indicated that they LOVED "THE GREAT WALL." About 20% to 25% really enjoyed it and rated it "above average." The rest felt it was an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).