Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Brian Walker
October 30, 2002

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 24, 2001

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.

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
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
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
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
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
Lisa Nesselson
Top Critic
April 4, 2011

Joe Leydon
Top Critic
August 26, 2008

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

Brill Bundy
February 25, 2004

Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 10, 2002

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
August 12, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 14, 2002

Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 22, 2002

Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001

... pure action entertainment. It's not aiming for posterity or gold statues, and as such, it delivers on its modest promises.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2001

Irish Times
November 9, 2001

Alexander Walker
This is London
November 9, 2001

Jason Anderson
August 2, 2001

Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
July 16, 2001

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