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Bulletproof Monk Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2007
The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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April 22, 2003
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2003
[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.
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 18, 2003
One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2003
Everything here is borrowed from other movies ...
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 18, 2003
Bulletproof Monk shoots blanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 18, 2003
Model-turned-actress Jaime King changed her first name (from James) to star in Bulletproof Monk. Given her performance, she might have to enter the witness-protection program.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
April 17, 2003
It's a testament to Chow's star power that, even with an accent more than casually reminiscent of Elmer Fudd's, he comes off charming, handsome and cool in a movie as ridiculous as Bulletproof Monk.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 16, 2003
The movie mixes dull dialogue, martial arts wire work and half-baked approximations of Eastern philosophy, some shallow enough to make the average fortune cookie seem profound.
| Original Score: C-
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
April 16, 2003
[A] lightweight but delightful martial-arts romp.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 16, 2003
A movie chockablock with too many elements.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 16, 2003
This is not a movie that sparks questions about the meaning of life. Well, maybe one: Dude, where's my Zen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2003
Bulletproof Monk is such an overcooked and odoriferous turkey, the Butterball people ought to sue for defamation of character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
April 16, 2003
Cheesy fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 16, 2003
Bulletproof Monk has more going for it than a promising title. It has a life and style that other buddy action movies lack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 16, 2003
This isn't really a movie, it's just one chase scene stacked on top of another and stitched together with the thinnest thread of plot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 16, 2003
If you like your chop-sockey with a healthy serving of cheese, corn and a few giggles, you won't be disappointed.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 16, 2003
A moronic knockoff of Jackie Chan's buddy/action comedies, directed without much imagination or aspiration by music-video veteran Paul Hunter.
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2003
Outside of the moments of kinetic madness that represent the action sequences, this movie is an amalgamation of lame comedy, campy Eastern mysticism, and dumb plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2003
A plot so preposterous it could only have emerged from the underground comic world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 16, 2003
As ungainly in its jammed-together East-meets -West-ness as Steven Seagal in a yoga pose.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 16, 2003
Every bit as awful as it sounds.
| Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2003
The ads and trailer hope we confuse it with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but this is more like the Young Readers version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 16, 2003
Harmless date-night fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 16, 2003
A paper-thin pastiche of martial arts, superheroics and cross-cultural comedy.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 15, 2003
Adults will likely object to the innumerable plot question marks coming off the screen like so many kung-fu kicks to the head.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 15, 2003
Director Hunter can't decide if he's making a comedy or an action film and seems to make the wrong decision every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 15, 2003
The lighting is bad, the editing of the action sequences sometimes messy, but these infelicities, curiously enough, increase the fun rather than diminishing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2003
Oblivious to how formulaic and uninvolving all this gets is director Hunter, who to all intents and purposes seems to view the film as one long Diet Pepsi spot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 15, 2003
[Chow] and Scott spark some fine chemistry, with amusing contrasts between the philosophical monk and punkish hero.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2003
Chow carries the film with great majesty.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
April 15, 2003
There's a lot of slack in the script, weak directing resulting in awkward scenes and a lot of sloppy editing that sucks the energy out of the action scenes, which can be the kiss of death for a movie like this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2003
Bulletproof Monk may be the first movie based on a comic book to outshine its source material. Unfortunately, that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 15, 2003
For all the leads' individual appeal, they seem to occupy slightly different films.