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Chocolate (2008)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

Chocolate is a bizarre martial arts flick, with a slushy plot, an unusual protagonist, and breathtaking stunts.

67

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

Chocolate is a bizarre martial arts flick, with a slushy plot, an unusual protagonist, and breathtaking stunts.

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A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and his bodyguard Priscilla (Sirimongkol Iamthuam), but the scuffle has unexpected consequences -- Masashi's superiors order him to return to Japan, and Zin finds she's pregnant with his child. Zin raises their daughter, Zen (Yanin

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (9) | DVD (4)

It's called Chocolate, but Cheese would have been just as good. Soaked with tears, full of schmaltz, and yet strewn with bodies, Prachya Pinkaew's new kick-'em-up is extreme action, extreme melodrama, and extremely hard to resist.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It boils down to this: Thai girl fighting. Is that enough of a movie for you?

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Chocolate is risibly sentimental even for a genre not known for its emotional sophistication.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The world may not have needed a Thai-language martial-arts hybrid of Kill Bill and Rain Man, but by God, it's got one now.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The heart of the film may be its action sequences but, even outside the battle arena, 'Chocolate' is a nicely characterised and consistently likeable piece of work.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A less tasty martial-arts actioner featuring an autistic kickboxing queen energized by confectionery.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Ultimately there isn't much of a movie here, just a series of great-looking and expertly filmed showdowns that are worth the price of a rental

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Anyone knows we all come here just to see the girl kick serious behind. At least she does just that, and after a while Chocolate mainly and plainly feels like the exhibition that it is.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Chocolate (Chokgohlaet) offers sensational martial arts set pieces -- beautifully choreographed, exquisitely colored, and acrobatically shot.

March 8, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Vimistananda is nothing less than an awe-inspiring force of nature.

February 26, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A sweet treat for martial arts movie buffs despite lightly bitter flaws.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Kung Fu Cinema

Character development and cogent storytelling are in short supply. Yeah, so?

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

At its heart, Chocolate is a simple tale of a special girl trying to make her way in a considerably unspecial world.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Even if it doesn't make much sense, tugs shamelessly at the heartstrings, and features a heavy with Jennifer Aniston hair, the feature sparks in just the right way, making for a fist-clenching, mouth-agape sit.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Takes its time to get going, but once the action kicks in, it's mildly engaging with lots of mindless fun, especially for avid fans of martial arts films.

February 7, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

... the fights are terrific, tightly choreographed with a good sense of ensemble movement and shot in long takes that preserve the fluidity of the action...

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

The finale is an extended tour de force equal parts Bruce Lee, Tony Jaa, and Donkey Kong.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Chocolate gives us the first autistic action hero.

November 19, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Comment (1)
What Would Toto Watch?

Enjoyable thriller.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Another symphony of exquisitely choreographed carnage.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Is it radical or offensive? I really don't know. It certainly got my attention.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
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February 27, 2014
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An autistic young girl with a natural aptitude for martial arts uses her skills to recoup money owed to her cancer stricken mother, unaware that they were all members of the criminal underworld. The Karate Kid meets Rain Man in a film from the producers of Ong Bak, famous for the remarkable physical performance of its star that relied on pure skill rather than SFX and wire work. The fight scenes of Chocolate are similarly bone crunching and the brutal reality of the violence on show is underlined by the out-takes reel; it's painful to even watch! The major difference between the two films is the fact that the protagonist is a sweet natured girl which does away with all the usual posturing, macho bullshit that usually accompanies this kind of thing; it's a lot more fun watching a young girl matter of factly flattening bad guys than the usual testosterone soaked meat head. It also lacks the rather distasteful xenophobia of Ong Bak making it a film that's a lot easier to like. The story is daft as hell of course, but let's face it, no-one watches martial arts films for the sophisticated plot. The fight scenes are frenetic and fun, the characters likeable enough for you want to root for them and it's executed with style and enough of a leash on the more saccharine soaked elements to the story to avoid nausea. Plus I'd pay good money to see Ammara Siripong pummel Steven Seagal's smug, fat face in.
December 14, 2012
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Imagine Ong-Bak or The Protector with better production values and a young girl as the main character instead of Tony Jaa. That's Chocolate, in a nut shell.

As a martial arts movie, it's not bad. Zen is an autistic girl who has the amazing ability to perfectly copy the fighting moves that she sees, be they on television or from watching students practice across the street from her house. And she uses them to great effect to help her mother get the money she needs for her expensive medicine, as well as to fight off various thugs and bad guys from her mother's past. The fight scenes are pretty good, even though really the only thing separating them from the fight scenes in the movies I mentioned earlier is that the impressive attacks and acrobatics are being done by JeeJa Yanin instead of Tony Jaa. She clearly is quite talented at fight choreography and acrobatics, and she's not a bad actress, either. Playing a person with a disorder with as many variations as autism can be a tricky thing, but I think she did pretty well.

My main issue with Chocolate is that it's a less brutal movie than Ong Bak, and because of that, the novelty of the unique situation of the main character is really the only thing that sets it apart from the many other decent martial arts flicks that are available. It's solid fun the first time around, but there's not enough here to warrant additional viewings.
December 25, 2010
lewiskendell

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03/03/2010 (DVD)

WHO DOESN'T LIKE CHOCOLATE?!!

STUNNING! This is a film for those who have a sweet tooth for ACTION! A movie that both girls and boys will enjoy.

It starts off as a delicate drama about a girl who is disabled, but... it then blends into this 'WOW' thing. It just blows you away and you find yourself excited as she finds her autistic gift which is unfortunately a curse to those who cross her path.

It has heart wrenches filled with fist clenching moments and it leaves your face in screws when you see what she can do to her enemies.

--This is "ONG BAK" meets "THE OTHER SISTER".,. Brilliant!!
March 8, 2010
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