Violent but cool martial arts movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is one piece of derivative, hokey, and really stupid action drivel.
An enticing title that perfectly sets up our anticipation for a rollicking martial-arts comic-book fable adventure.
The constantly beaming monk is as good-natured as the script is mindless.
| Original Score: 2/5
The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.
It's painful to watch.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
... bringing music-video director Paul Hunter was a good move for pacing, but he could use a few lessons in filming fight scenes.
The bottom line is, this qualifies as a guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Too much time is given over to the absolutely dire script.
| Original Score: 5/10
very childish, and just a little trashy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
An uneasy combination of self-help bromides, poorly edited fight sequences and music video-style flash.
| Original Score: 2/5
...nonstop fighting, kicking, punching, and killing, with a dollop of juvenile humor thrown in.
If you're a fan of martial arts, and fancy an alternative to the heavy going comic adaptations ahead, then this is your bag.
| Original Score: 3/5
The odd-couple chemistry between Chow and Scott carries the film until the unimaginative buddy formula wears thin.
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.'
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.
A film based on utterly tired and useless material.
| Original Score: 1.5/5