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Sacrifice

  • Rated NR
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure


For generations, the Zhao family has wielded power until their mortal enemy TU'AN GU (Wang Xue Qi) slaughtered the entire Zhao clan determined to wipe out their influence forever.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    71%
  • Audience Score
    52%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    71%
    reviews counted: 12
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  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) cowrote and directed, and his talent for psychological drama isn't really suited to this sort of broad, mythic storytelling.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fresh: The film combines rip-snorting action, crisp editing and juicy performances in a thoroughly entertaining package.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rotten: Kaige's historical epic favors drama over action (though he doesn't skimp on violence ...), yet everything moves like it's on wuxia autopilot.

- David Fear, Time Out New York, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A heart-wrenching, and brilliant story, with incredible acting. For drama lovers, not action lovers...even though there was plenty enough of that for me, too. I had no idea that this was directed by the same man (Kaige Chen) that was responsible for The Emperor and the Assassin, and Farewell My Concubine...both excellent movies. No wonder I enjoyed this so much. :)

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, October 6, 2013

4 stars

A heart-wrenching, and brilliant story, with incredible acting. For drama lovers, not action lovers...even though there was plenty enough of that for me, too. I had no idea that this was directed by the same man (Kaige Chen) that was responsible for The Emperor and the Assassin, and Farewell My Concubine...both excellent movies. No wonder I enjoyed this so much. :)

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, October 6, 2013

2 stars

To make a long story short, Tu Angu(Xueqi Wang) pulls off the perfect murder by not only murdering the grand councillor and getting away with it, but also framing the Zhao clan, condemning every last one of them to death. That is with the exception of the one just delivered by Cheng Ying(You Ge). In the following confusion, that baby gets confused with Cheng's. After which, Cheng's wife, son and a couple of other people die but the infant Xhao makes it out of there alive, as Cheng raises him as his own, waiting for the day when he can tell him the truth. To its credit, "Sacrifice" seeks to intelligently explore such important themes as loyalty, family and identity in a handsomely produced format. So, it is a shame that the movie is so very awkwardly edited. First, there is the set-up that pretty much goes on forever, with its focus on soon-to-be irrelevant details of court politics and even might double back on itself at one point. And then after that, the movie just sort of sits there, endlessly dragging towards its obviously painful conclusion and therefore wasting any kind of dramatic potential in the bargain.

- gator681, Friday, December 27, 2013