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Journey To The West

Journey To The West (2014)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 2

As sweet, silly, action-packed and ridiculous as director Steven Chow's best work, Journey to the West serves up dazzling action sequences while playing its disparate elements against each other with thrilling abandon.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

As sweet, silly, action-packed and ridiculous as director Steven Chow's best work, Journey to the West serves up dazzling action sequences while playing its disparate elements against each other with thrilling abandon.



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Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. --(C) Magnet


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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (2)

Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.

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Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The final product is very much Chow - with elaborately staged stunts, slapstick inspired by silent Hollywood, and a silliness that will appeal to kids (as well as some black humor that may take some explaining for younger audiences).

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It is a work that appears to ask so little from its audience (not much more than patience and an alert eye), but gives a heck of a lot back.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A kung fu comedy, a Chinese fairy story, a Buddhist action movie, a prequel to a mega-series that makes James Cameron's ambitions look puny, Chow's Journey to the West is everything that is good about China's mega-blockbuster inclinations.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Journey to the West is an episodic picaresque epic, moving from set piece to set piece without the traditional Western screenplay-101 contrivances, allowing for a more casual, freewheeling, adventurous tone.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Nerdist

Characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source:

The cast is extremely funny and the movie will entertain viewers new to his work, but happy as I am to see anything from the multi-talented Stephen Chow, for this longtime fan, the movie feels a bit empty without his comedic onscreen presence.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source:

While we don't get to see him personally up there amongst the heroes and demons, (Chow's) stamp is all over Journey to the West. It's what makes this flight of fantasy so much escapist fun.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters

There's not an actor in this movie, from the leads down to the extras, who doesn't mug like crazy, and there's not a moment onscreen that isn't utterly ridiculous. That, however, was clearly the goal

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Topless Robot
Topless Robot

There's a grandness to the action sequences, playful allusions to 'Jaws,' and a great feel for the spectacular. It's just a shame its story gets lost in translation.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source:

For all the exaggerated facial expressions and flailing limbs, Chow keeps a high-wire balance with an intrinsic sense of pace that perishes all possibility of action fatigue.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Director Stephen Chow's action fantasy film Journey to the West is a miss, but a wild, reverent, explosive miss.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

As a director of kinetic slapstick action, Chow remains unparalleled.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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Even merely very good Stephen Chow makes you realize how little joy emanates from most of Hollywood's outsized blockbusters.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro

Audience Reviews for Journey To The West

A Buddhist demon hunter who tries to redeem evil spirits clashes with a powerful mercenary huntress who keeps killing his potential converts; she also falls in love with him, despite his vow of chastity, and together they seek the Monkey King's help to defeat a powerful boar demon. The special effects aren't up to Hollywood standards and the Chinese comedy tropes are unfamiliar, but only the most unimaginative and parochial Westerner could fail to be charmed by this endlessly inventive and surprising fantasy/comedy/romance from Stephen (KUNG FU HUSTLE) Chow.
July 4, 2014
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  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (DE)
  • Journey to the West (UK)
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