According to Quartz, Douban, China’s version of IMDB, puts Liu’s current rating is 5.2 / 10 for all the movies in which she holds a starring role; generally speaking, a rating of 7-onward would be considered “good”. Her latest movie, “Once Upon A Time”, received a rating of 4.0, which is in the bottom 97th percentile of all fantasy romance films rated by Douban users.
One comment in particular seems to sum up their overall feelings about Liu’s acting capabilities: “Why does Liu Yifei still play every character like someone with facial palsy after so many years of acting,”said one netizen, with 8,000 others liking their comment.
Of course, Liu’s body of work isn’t all that bad, her more critically-acclaimed roles coming from her earlier years. Most of her roles were similar — young, innocent female protagonists — and many were adapted from martial-arts novels penned by Jin Young. When asked about her acting abilities, Young was quoted as saying “Ms. Liu looks pretty, but she is afraid of being ugly, and she doesn’t dare to make facial expressions.”