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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of the more entertaining movies we've seen in recent months.

April 21, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Every time the focus switches to Michael Angarano channeling his inner Ralph Macchio, The Forbidden Kingdom reminds you that it's primarily an act of occidental tourism.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 18, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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It might take a Zen master to explain exactly what audience this is aimed at.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's difficult to resist, especially if you're a 12-year-old boy whose parents won't let you rent Once Upon a Time in China or the Kill Bill movies.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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When Chan and Li match wits, each celebrates the other's presence. This isn't just a martial-arts display; it's generosity and camaraderie in motion.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 18, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Thanks to the two stars' disparate styles - the laser-like focus of Li and the whirlwind whimsy of Chan - The Forbidden Kingdom makes up for its flaws with plenty of eye-popping moments.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Chan seems to be having fun in a comic part that, unlike his Rush Hour paydays, doesn't make him the butt of ethnic jokes. Li is as stalwart as ever.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Forbidden Kingdom is chop-socky bordering on chop-schlocky, but it's good-natured myth-making cut into kid-size pieces.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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While the script is corny and the direction uneven, [Chan and Li] never falter.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Unfailingly lighthearted, the film's fight scenes are stylized, soaring wire work and gravity-defying digital sorcery rather than blood-and-bruises beatdowns.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Forbidden Kingdom may be nothing but disposable fun, but it is a great, heaping, overflowing helping of fun. If you're 10, it may also seem like Citizen Kane.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The filmmakers come off like their protagonist, wide-eyed tourists in an exotic realm. If you've been looking for a martial arts film to take granny and the kids to, this might be the one, but a Jackie Chan-Jet Li collaboration deserves better than that.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 18, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Forbidden Kingdom is a faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A sufficiently entertaining diversion.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 18, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The Forbidden Kingdom...offers the first-ever on-screen pairing of martial-arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but it's a bit of a bait-and-switch. Both stars get plenty of screen time, yet their fight scenes feel routine.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 18, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If you want to break the kids in easy to the whole martial arts thing, this may be the way to go. After all, clean fu never killed anyone.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

April 18, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A number of Forbidden Kingdom sequences deliver muscular slaptick. A fight in which Lu Yan uses Jason as one more weapon in his arsenal of defensive moves is vintage Chan.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
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It's a long, eye-rolling haul...hampered by lurching exposition and hammy setup.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2008
Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
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Pairing Jackie Chan and Jet Li would seem like a slam dunk, but this big-budget martial arts drama, which borrows liberally from The Wizard of Oz, is something of a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 18, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This is the long-awaited teaming of superstars Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and it's an occasion to applaud for those who like a few yuks with their kicks.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2008
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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Part of the charm, yes, is the goofiness of it all -- but the film would have been better if it were more cohesive, streamlined, and focused.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

April 17, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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At best, The Forbidden Kingdom counts as an amiable time-waster for kids, but much more should be expected from the momentous union of two kung-fu titans.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

April 17, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Forbidden Kingdom is for those who like plenty of kung fu action with an epic fantasy setting and a little humor thrown in. When all is said and done, the dream team combination of Chan and Li is just a nice bonus.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 17, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You know you're in a fantasy movie when the central character has to traverse time in search of the 'Monkey King.' If only you were in a good movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 17, 2008
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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The worst part of the martial-arts epic The Forbidden Kingdom [is] a moment near the halfway mark when there arrives a gag that involves Chan getting a face full of urine. This kingdom really should be forbidden.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

April 17, 2008
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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If you're in touch with your inner 12-year-old, don't be surprised if you find yourself smiling and cheering during the film's final scenes.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic

April 17, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Every fight is more spectacular than the one before, and there's just enough of the playfulness of Chan's best brawls (this is more violent) to keep The Forbidden Kingdom laugh-out-loud light.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2008
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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The fight scenes are fun, but the filler in between is deadlier than one of Li's lethal kicks.

April 16, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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This is the first collaboration between kung fu's Astaire and Kelly, and, as that, it disappoints.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 16, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Once past the clunky prologue, the film is great fun, with a good balance between computer effects and athleticism.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 14, 2008
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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While top-billed duo do indeed occupy plenty of screen time, this is basically the latest version of that post-Star Wars fantasy concept in which only a middle-class white teenage boy can save the universe from, y'know, Evil.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 10, 2008
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