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Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

A disappointing follow-up to Jet Li's Romeo Must Die.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

April 10, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Jet Li film is not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2010
Nick Rogers

Jet Li's true masterpiece of the 2000s is a blitzkrieg of crazy, hard-R martial arts. Forget the need to always know who's beating whom or why in a narrative that's basically negligible. "Dragon's" gritty, giddy grindhouse thrills trump logic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 19, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A return to form for Li who dropped all the hip hop crap and was allowed to put his raw skills on display...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Michael Dequina

The formulaic story cannot weigh down the high-flying, visceral excitement that the film offers in generous doses.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

February 10, 2009
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

We are coaxed to rejoice in the name of vengeance.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: D

January 15, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Li has smartly decided to eschew the all-too-fashionable use of wires for the fight scenes in favor of old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Brian Mckay

Poor Jet Li . . . he doesn't have the comedic timing of Jackie Chan, the looks or charm of Chow Yun Fat, and he certainly isn't the second coming of Bruce Lee.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 20, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

In almost all martial arts action movies, plot is subordinate to action, and 'Kiss Of The Dragon' is no different.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

February 13, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

Even to [Li's] long-time fans in Hong Kong and America the results should be eye-opening.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

While Kiss of the Dragon remains a relatively fun little brain-dead punch-em-out worth a rental, it's forgettable at best.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2002
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

There are some tangible similarities between rising star Jet Li and Bruce Lee, beyond just the pronunciation of their last names.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 27, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

You've got to respect any movie that jumps into an action scene every fifteen minutes, regardless of what that pesky "plot" has to say.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 72/100

January 29, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...has no other claims to fame than its filling up ninety-eight minutes of screen time with plenty of Jet Li and a pile of kicking, punching, and shooting.

| Original Score: 5/10

January 11, 2002
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The whole film plays a great deal like an extended episode of "Iron Chef": lots of edged weapons, dead frogs, and campy dialogue.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2002
Jun Kim

Belongs to that rare breed of Hollywood film that does some justice to the talents of Hong Kong crossover stars.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

October 31, 2001
Neil Smith

A supremely satisfying blend of Hong Kong mayhem and Gallic flair that can only bolster Li's escalating reputation.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2001
David Luty
Film Journal International

It's not often in an action flick as big and loud as this that the most intimate gesture between the male and female lead is a gracious offering of brightly colored shrimp chips.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 30, 2001
Dustin Putman

Flounders in desperately overwrought dialogue and one of the most incomprehensible plots since 2000's 'Battlefield Earth.'

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 16, 2001
Eric D. Snider

This movie needed something to give it a fresh spin.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

July 16, 2001
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