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Enter the Dragon (1973)

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78

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition.

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Michael Allin

May 18, 2004

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (2) | DVD (30)

Enter the Dragon is the first classy Kung Fu movie specially designed for Western audiences, and that's not to be confused with first-class.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The only real disappointment about Enter the Dragon is that it is Bruce Lee's last movie.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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If kung fu is now the standard badass language, Enter the Dragon -- featuring Lee's great slow-burn stare -- is the first grammar lesson.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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Rising popularity of the Chinese martial arts as screen entertainment climaxes in fine crescendo in this violence-drenched actioner.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Ripping entertainment overall, with just enough meat for amateur sociologists.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Worth seeing for Lee, but still unforgivably wasteful of his talents.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (29)
Time Out
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Director Robert Clouse works the material for efficiency and optimum thrill, while providing a buoyant visual style to the action.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A pop-masterpiece, and one of the finest pieces of pure action cinema ever made.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

As in even the very best King Fu movies, mayhem ensues, especially once hundreds of fighting champions storm the island in an out-of-control melee that Lee walks through with complete cold discipline.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A pretty excellent action film that gives [Star] Lee the chance to play the dashing hero...

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[VIDEO ESSAY] From a historical perspective of cultural influence, Bruce Lee's last movie is a martial arts film of epic proportions.

June 16, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The acting is wooden and the sound effects are even worse (especially in terms of voice dubbing). But the fight scenes are excellent especially in reference to Bruce Lee.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The chop-socky film to beat them all.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's worth catching this schlock art film to see Lee play a 007-type super-agent, who is an expert in kung-fu.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Presents a powerful, kinetic ballet by a martial arts master at the peak of his form--just try looking away from him.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Nonstop action is what these films are about, and that's what you get here.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...it's still great entertainment and remains a first-class action thriller in first-class style.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

High karate and low kitsch ... Forget the dopey James Bond plot and train your eyes, little grasshopper, on Lee as he takes on army of henchmen, demonstrating his revolutionary kung-fu moves and a fire-breathing squint.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The granddaddy of martial arts movies

September 9, 2005
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Enter the Dragon

In the film's opening flashback scenes, when the star, Bruce Lee, is told of his sister's murder, even a total lamebrain (like say, f'instance, me) understands that a total macho-on-steroids asskicking lollapalooza is on its way (and the soul of kung fu stands represented as essentially a poor man's revenge against injustice - thus the ghetto appeal). With an truly exotic locale, China, and a cast of kung fu asskickers one after another its a wonder this work hasn't been more imitated --- if anyone could replicate Lee's asskicking charisma. Did I say "asskicking" 3 times? No. More.
October 5, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. Even today the world's not ready for the epic-ness of this film.
August 8, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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No plot, character development, dialogue or humour to speak of... basically kung fu porn. 3 stars just for Bruce Lee's badassery and amazing weapon of a body, which carried the entire film.
May 2, 2012
Letitia Lew

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So I've finally seen Enter the Dragon and it was well worth the wait. I know very little about Kung-fu or martial arts in general but I have nothing against the genres, I just haven't seen many of the films. Is this the greatest martial arts film of all time? I think you'd probably see more martial arts in most other films of the genres, I was actually surprised by the lack of fighting but what I was also surprised by, pleasantly that is, was how close to the 70's exploitation films it was. I love the 70's and this film has the 70's written all over it, I think that is why I instantly love it
February 7, 2012
SirPant

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    1. Lee: What was that? An exhibition? I said Emotional content, not anger. Now try again!
    – Submitted by Alex A (14 months ago)
    1. Messenger: Don't think... feel.
    – Submitted by russell b (19 months ago)
    1. Lee: Wahhh.
    – Submitted by Michael B (19 months ago)
    1. Williams: Mr Han, suddenly I wish to leave your island.
    2. Han: It is not possible.
    3. Williams: Bullshit, Mr. Han-man.
    – Submitted by Stefan G (20 months ago)
    1. Han: Gentlemen... you have our gratitude!
    – Submitted by Josh B (21 months ago)
    1. Lee: You have offended my family and you have offended the Shaolin Temple.
    – Submitted by John M (2 years ago)
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