Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 10, 2011
A disappointing follow-up to Jet Li's Romeo Must Die.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Jet Li film is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A return to form for Li who dropped all the hip hop crap and was allowed to put his raw skills on display...
Michael Dequina
February 10, 2009
The formulaic story cannot weigh down the high-flying, visceral excitement that the film offers in generous doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
We are coaxed to rejoice in the name of vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
March 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
In almost all martial arts action movies, plot is subordinate to action, and 'Kiss Of The Dragon' is no different.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Even to [Li's] long-time fans in Hong Kong and America the results should be eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 27, 2002
There are some tangible similarities between rising star Jet Li and Bruce Lee, beyond just the pronunciation of their last names.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
January 29, 2002
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 | Original Score: 72/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 11, 2002
...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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jun Kim
October 31, 2001
Belongs to that rare breed of Hollywood film that does some justice to the talents of Hong Kong crossover stars.
Neil Smith
September 24, 2001
A supremely satisfying blend of Hong Kong mayhem and Gallic flair that can only bolster Li's escalating reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Luty
Film Journal International
July 30, 2001
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.
Dustin Putman
July 16, 2001
Flounders in desperately overwrought dialogue and one of the most incomprehensible plots since 2000's 'Battlefield Earth.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 16, 2001
This movie needed something to give it a fresh spin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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