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Year of the Dragon

drama


A Vietnam vet turned New York City cop vows to bring down a Chinatown crime lord.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    60%
  • Audience Score
    52%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: A stunning, hard-edged crime thriller from Michael Cimino with a mesmerizing lead performance by Mickey Rourke. An incredibly gutsy effort that's my favorite film of 1985.

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Year of the Dragon is something of a little known masterpiece. It is well written by Oliver Stone, and directed by Cimino at a turning point in his career. The centre piece, however, is Rourkes performance, which was caught while he most likely was at the peak of his acting ability's. You will be totally blown away by the realism of his acting, and it's even more noteworthy that the film was made while Rourke was youthful while making this and was made to look more senior (that grey hair is dye). A heartfelt performance from an actor playing a cop with "scar tissue on his soul", will never be forgotten once seen. While the main character is far from perfect, it is just that which makes him believable as well. Stanley White is on a crusade and would die for his principles, which effects all those involved with him. It is a complex film, often talky, which is punctuated throughout with explosive violence, well shot with use of excellent set pieces. Bloody in places and above all gritty and realistic, in parts it is even beautiful. The film works on many levels from it's slow burn beginnings with emphasis on conspiracy to the final pay off on the dock yards. Well drawn characters are everywhere in this film, and it never losses its hard edge. Rourke has seen a much needed and deserved return in recent years. He may have lost his handsome good looks due to boxing and due to too many face lifts, but the guy will never lose his acting ability. We, the true fans, never gave up on this chance. And now he's finally gaining popularity with a new generation, who need to see and experience The Year Of The Dragon, To believe the hype. Also check out his other classics Angel Heart and Barfly.

- matertenebraum, Friday, April 10, 2009

3 stars

Utterly entertaining film.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Monday, September 24, 2007

3 stars

The last good film directed by Michael Cimino. a violent thriller written by Oliver Stone and featuring a great cast with an evil John Lone and Mickey Rourke posing as a Bogart of the eighties.

- pier007, Friday, July 6, 2007