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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

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23

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 101

Venerable action star Chow Yun-Fat is the only saving grace in this silly action flick that more often than not resembles a commercial in style.

20

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 28

Venerable action star Chow Yun-Fat is the only saving grace in this silly action flick that more often than not resembles a commercial in style.

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38

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 194,184

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Movie Info

A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate would have it, the new caretaker turns out to be Kar (Seann William Scott), a scruffy and distinctly non-enlightened petty thief

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris

Sep 9, 2003

$23.0M

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (101) | DVD (27)

The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Chow was never a martial arts star back home, but he's a good enough actor -- and an engaging enough personality -- to pass for one here.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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They made a ton of junky movies in Hong Kong, but those were dazzlingly fluid and high-flying junky movies. This American retread has the same sort of hack plot but none of the bravura.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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[T]he thing about the martial arts sequences -- you've got the great Chow Yun-Fat, but this thing is directed MTV style: cut here, cut there, close-up. So we can't really tell if he's doing stunts or if it's all tricks of camerawork.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.

April 18, 2003
Washington Post
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Everything here is borrowed from other movies ...

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Violent but cool martial arts movie.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is one piece of derivative, hokey, and really stupid action drivel.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

An enticing title that perfectly sets up our anticipation for a rollicking martial-arts comic-book fable adventure.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The constantly beaming monk is as good-natured as the script is mindless.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's painful to watch.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Paul Hunter edits his action scenes so much that it's really difficult to see anything spectacular, and the special effects aren't anything to drool over.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

... bringing music-video director Paul Hunter was a good move for pacing, but he could use a few lessons in filming fight scenes.

April 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

The bottom line is, this qualifies as a guilty pleasure.

February 12, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)
Atlantic City Weekly

Too much time is given over to the absolutely dire script.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

very childish, and just a little trashy.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Chow Yun-Fat delivers stylish action and finally shows American audiences a sense of humor, but watching Stifler get his kung fu on is just a little too hard to swallow.

September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

An uneasy combination of self-help bromides, poorly edited fight sequences and music video-style flash.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

...nonstop fighting, kicking, punching, and killing, with a dollop of juvenile humor thrown in.

August 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If you're a fan of martial arts, and fancy an alternative to the heavy going comic adaptations ahead, then this is your bag.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The odd-couple chemistry between Chow and Scott carries the film until the unimaginative buddy formula wears thin.

July 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

In honor of Yun-Fat's Zen calm, let's say, 'Just because one has directed countless Mariah Carey videos does not mean one can film kung-fu, Lotus Blossom.'

June 26, 2003 Full Review

It's supremely ironic: the scroll defeats the body's natural decaying process. In today's movies, so does the computer. It's even more efficient than plastic surgery, but just as phoney.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A film based on utterly tired and useless material.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for Bulletproof Monk

I felt a stabbing pain watching this movie. I had dark hole expectations watching it and I was still dissapointed. Bulletproof Monk is the biggest Americanisation of the eastern action movie i've ever seen. Seann William Scott has only ever been funny in Role Models. Yung kicks ass but unfortunately the rest doesn't. Especially the ridiculous non-existent plot.
February 13, 2012
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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

What a weird movie, it's a modern kung-fu fantasy/comedy. While that's pretty brave to attempt to make that plot work, it just wasn't executed properly and it just didn't have enough personality. I think what makes it work the most is the buddy cop antics between Seann William Scott and Chow Yun Fat, aside from that it falls pretty flat.
May 28, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

I really enjoyed this corny action movie, and I wish that it was longer than it was, and improved on it's little flaws, because I really wanted to love this one, but I still really liked it!
March 10, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

What a load of bollocks. I quite like the idea and I really liked Chow Yun Fat in it but the direction, acting and supporting cast are all awful. This is a wasted opportunity, made by complete idiots!
October 2, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. The Bulletproof Monk: Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?
    – Submitted by gerardo r (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Kojima: And I am through taking your messages. My name is Kokijima. Not Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba.
    – Submitted by gerardo r (19 months ago)
    1. The Bulletproof Monk: Somehow I sense he has a lot of potential.
    2. Jade/Bad Girl: Really? I sense he's mostly full of s****.
    – Submitted by gerardo r (19 months ago)
    1. The Bulletproof Monk: An enlightened man would offer a humble traveler shelter for the night and share a quiet conversation over a bowl of cocoa puffs.
    – Submitted by gerardo r (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Kojima: I'm calling the cops, you crazy bitch.
    – Submitted by Wesley W (23 months ago)
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