Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 13, 2001
It ain't art, but it sure is a good time for anyone who enjoys the occasional bit of bone-crunching entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 12, 2001
Even with three people working on the script ... they were unable to come up with a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 9, 2001
Loaded with explosive set-piece after set-piece, each and every one designed to give Li the opportunity to do what he does best: kick massive butt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2001
Whack! Thworp! Crack! Sometimes, it's fun to sit back and enjoy the spectacle of bad guys getting their heads beaten in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
July 8, 2001
It's undeniably cool to see these displays, but it's also disheartening, because they come in the midst of such a shambles of a narrative.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
July 7, 2001
Nicely filmed, acted and scored, "Kiss" is almost more of a drama than an action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 7, 2001
The most enjoyable slice of popsploitation I've sat through all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 7, 2001
Expecting a great story in a martial arts film is like expecting a great story in a musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
July 6, 2001
Pass this one by.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2001
Li jumps into a series of martial arts sequences of flying fists and balletic moves that truly reinvigorate a genre that has gone stale even in Asia.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2001
One of the all-out worst films of the year.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 6, 2001
Here's a movie that gives you exactly what you're looking for, if what you're looking for is kickass action.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2001
The characters in Kiss of the Dragon are more cardboard than usual for an action movie.
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon does have a sense of its own absurdity, but that doesn't prevent it from cloaking the inherently comic kung-fu genre in a seriousness so solemn that it could be French.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 6, 2001
The story is formulaic, but this brutal, fast-paced thriller makes excellent use of Li's martial arts prowess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 6, 2001
Practical, resourceful and unfussy. That's Jet Li, the Martha Stewart of martial arts mayhem.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
July 6, 2001
Fights are too few, interspersed with one of the longest, drowsiest stories ever to glue an action flick together.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 6, 2001
The movie in between the mayhem ... is incomprehensible and wildly overacted by the non-combatants -- especially Karyo.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Judy
Screen It!
July 6, 2001
Not horrible and certainly entertaining enough for what it's trying to be and enjoyable to some degree for those looking for this sort of action, this film is the equivalent of having a powerful engine hidden within some old and boring jalopy.
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