Iron Monkey Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 27, 2009
Despite its seemingly constant action, the focus was way too light for my liking, resulting in a film that's often more corny than it is enthralling.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 25, 2009
some of the finest martial arts displays imaginable, and it doesn't take itself seriously
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 23, 2009
Despite it's tonal split personality, Iron Monkey is a fun Hong Kong martial arts action-comedy that offers a heck of a climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 22, 2009
Woo-ping is as unembarrassed by the hokiness of his narrative as he is by that of his unending combat enactments, which you can accept as intentional stylistic exaggerations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
September 17, 2009
While purists may balk at not getting Yuen Woo-ping's complete "vision" here, Iron Monkey manages to make its case, even within the mangled material provided.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2008
Some of the best fight sequences one can expect to see in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 9, 2002
Sometimes it's nice to sit back and enjoy the fireworks, and this movie has lots of fireworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002
...quite possibly the best action film of the year.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
The joy of watching this kind of stuff lies in the choreographical invention and creativity [and] the speed and dexterity of the combatants.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 9, 2001
Many of the action set-pieces from Crouching Tiger show up here in embryonic form, but overall this is a much less serious movie geared to niche action audiences.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 7, 2001
Perhaps the best thing that can be said for Iron Monkey is this: even when all else fails, it is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 28, 2001
While the story and characterizations are weak, the action is as good as you'll see in any film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2001
Yuen tosses off nimble, elegantly witty solutions to life's most vexing problems regarding rooms full of bad guys who won't take thwak for an answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 16, 2001
This is a kung-fu flick, with amazing bits of fighting, of course, but it also kicks ass in that figurative sense: it's fast and funny and elegant
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
October 16, 2001
[Yuen's] fights are innovative and intense, whether they're a whirlwind one-on-one duel or one of many struggles featuring multiple combatants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
October 12, 2001
The fights are spectacular and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking.
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 12, 2001
Think of Iron Monkey as the potboiling cousin of Crouching Tiger, rather than its most honoured forefather, and you'll be on the right wavelength.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 12, 2001
Iron Monkey is a masterful film that deftly bounds over Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Top Critic
October 12, 2001
A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.
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