Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2006
It's not that the film isn't entertaining, it's that it's simply nothing special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 26, 2006
Like so many biopics, a blind devotion to the subject renders the film a little stale at times.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 26, 2006
While you're waiting for Jet Li's high-flying (and tricked-up) fights, I'm afraid you'll have sit through director Ronny Yu's lowbrow lunge at serious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 26, 2006
Becomes sedate and spiritual without losing its power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
Jet Li has to be commended for his performance, playing the full range of this dynamic character well. He makes you care about his character as the film builds to its climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 25, 2006
I think this is a terrific film.
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
September 23, 2006
Did anyone else notice that Jet Li has made two martial arts films named after the two competing airplane crash movies of 1992?
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 23, 2006
Fearless is a visual juggernaut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Marc Savlov
Dallas Morning News
September 23, 2006
It takes time for the film to bounce back to the heights of its opening scene, but about midway it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
September 23, 2006
Every so often there is a hand-to-hand fight scene to cut the boredom -- the best is set atop a precipitously high wooden tower in a village square -- but even these don't set themselves apart from anything we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2006
Jet Li movies are still pretty cool, but they appear to be heading in an unfortunate direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 22, 2006
It boils down to a simple but elegantly told morality tale with beautiful sets and scenery and plenty of bracing action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 22, 2006
A movie that condemns the tendency of global culture to intrude everywhere while embracing the very things that kick multiplex doors down around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 22, 2006
An air of melancholy permeates even Yuen Wo Ping's dazzling fight sequences -- which rely on wire work and computer enhancement much less than most contemporary martial-arts films -- and the final scenes pack a surprising melodramatic punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 22, 2006
The wushu philosophy offers a welcome alternative to the ideas that motivate too many movie heroes and too many real-world personal and political transactions.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 22, 2006
An entertaining and admirably ambitious movie that promises a feast of martial arts combat, which it delivers along with a poignant message of peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
September 22, 2006
If this really is Jet Li's last martial arts film as the marketing materials claim, he's going out on top.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
September 22, 2006
If you're going to retire from the biz, might as well do it with some style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 22, 2006
It also seems fitting that Li, one of the world's great martial arts stars, wraps up his career by playing one of the founding fathers of modern martial arts.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Pam Grady
Reel.com
September 22, 2006
[Li] may be serious about this retirement nonsense; for an athlete, he is at the outer reaches of a career. And yet one hopes this is not the case. Fearless represents such an apex that it leaves one wanting more of the same -- much more.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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