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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Surprisingly a lot of fun, with a simple good vs. evil plot, nice action sequences and a battle of the ages between two of the biggest martial art movie masters.

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 6.5/10

October 18, 2012
Joshua Starnes

If you're a big Jackie Chan and/or Jet Li fan this movie was made for you and you should go see it on the big screen once. But because of a complete lack of storytelling effort from the filmmakers, there's no reason to ever see it more than once.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6.5/10

March 22, 2011
Prairie Miller

Kung fu fever and fluff mix it up with hordes of floating knights in shining armor with bad attitude, and just a little heavy on the dressing, courtesy of the costume department.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

September 9, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Think of it as a kung fu fairy tale almost anyone can appreciate.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 28, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The first onscreen meeting of screen legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li is possibly reason enough to see this fantasy, whose extravagant martial arts sequences are choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, whose signature was inked in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 18, 2008
Steve Biodrowski

... despite falling prey to some of the anticipate problems, it ultimately emerges victorious, perhaps wobbling a bit, but only in the giddy manner of the drunken master played by Chan.

Full Review Source: ESplatter

July 4, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Fans of either martial artist will probably find enough to enjoy out of this, and will even like it more if they like 80's fantasy films.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2008
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Fueled by Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this enjoyable romp has plenty of kick.

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

An unapologetically old-fashioned fantasy ... solid enough entertainment for grown-ups, but something that many kids will absolutely adore.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: B

June 3, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

If The Forbidden Kingdom missteps, it's by assuming that its digitally enhanced stunts are more impressive than they are and, therefore, lavishing more attention on the kinetics than the story.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

June 2, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Welcomed doses of slapstick and winking humor are sprinkled throughout rescuing the film from the occasionally heavy but never overbearing exposition.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

May 25, 2008
Kevin McCarthy

When I say the movie is cheesy, I am talking provolone, American cheese, Swiss cheese; cheesy.

Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 17, 2008
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Yeah, it's a dopey kid's movie, but -- significant detail -- one that feels like it was actually written for kids ... Also, whenever things threaten to get too schlocky, this amazing villainess with a magic bullwhip shows up.

Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

May 15, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It would be little without its superb martial arts sequences, so its good to report that the movie isn't just filled with them, but that each fight was choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

May 13, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The story, which should be forbidden, keeps coming back for more. Whenever the plot pops up, from predictable love scenes to the villainess who hates men for no reason to the crypto-Confucian lines, you keep wishing for the next fist to fly.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 8, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Plenty of fun action sequences, but one wants more from a movie that contains this promising line: 'Summon the witch. The one born of wolves.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2008
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

(Minkoff) botches the film's fantasy elements, saturating these segments with cheesy effects.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs

Jason's relationship with Golden Sparrow stays pretty locked in first gear, such that the movie might attend to kung fu%u2014sort of.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 30, 2008
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

All the martial arts movies have become clichés. This film is worse than stupid. Enough!

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 1/10

April 27, 2008
Dan Lybarger

Fortunately, Minkoff has one talent many of his American predecessors have lacked: When Chan or Li is fighting, he knows how to hold the camera still.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2008
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