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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    Une somptueuse fresque historique du grand Nicholas Ray qui, anecdote oblige, se désintéressait totalement du tournage préférant les rêves ambrés du whisky... www.cinefiches.com

  2. Jugu Abraham's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    A film that is at best a vehicle for the beautiful Ava Gardner. She carries the film. Though the tale is historic, the idea of getting a British actress to play the dowager Empress of China as also Leo Genn (who does a fine turn) as her trusted aide is preposterous! That it was initially directed by Nicholas Ray is incredible.

  3. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    2.5 stars. This is not a good movie but you don't change the channel if it should be on the tube. There are no surprises. You do get a chance to hear Flora Robson's rich, deep voice and watch Jack Hildyard's saturated compositions and look at Ava Gardner. She was not an actress but she was a beauty and a presence and she offered something arresting to the camera.

  4. Tutu888's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    Great use of color and good cinematography, but this film must already been old fashioned with its release.

  5. S Campbell's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    Brilliant late epic from Nicholas Ray

  6. Howard Orr's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    The massive complexity of events is boiled down by the Hollywood machine into Heston's manliness, Gardner's saintliness, Niven's suaveness, and -who else!- Flora Robson playing the Empress Dowager. It's exoticness is reduced to menacing choral music, human wave attacks, and Robert Helpmann's sneakiness and becomes a Western in all but name, where the progress and righteousness of Western man is assured.

  7. electricdragon80000v's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    I think "problematic" is the word here.

  8. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film 55 Days at Peking

    A strong cast often has to work their way through long sequences of talky melodrama (as well as being incredibly historically inaccurate and dated in terms of cultural sensitivity). But it's a lavish production, an impressive visual spectacle with a number of rousing action scenes that keep the story moving. Not any kind of masterpiece, but one of the better-crafted of its kind. Great score by Dimitri Tiomkin.