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Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 164 | Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

86%
Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 226,320

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Movie Info

The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest member of the dreaded gangster hit squad known as The Axe Gang, but to completely join the gang he has to commit murder. When Sing attempts to rob a crowded run-down apartment complex known as Pig Sty Alley, the locals begin to defend themselves with some high-flying … More

Rating:
R (for sequences of strong stylized action and violence)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Stephen Chow , Tsang Kan Cheong , Lola Huo , Chan Mankeung , Tseng Kan Cheong
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 9, 2005
Box Office:
$17.0M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Hustle

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (164) | Rotten (18) | DVD (32)

So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Newsweek
Top Critic

Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle.

Full Review… | May 20, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012
Film4

A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The ever-shifting genre of martial arts films takes on yet another variation with writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's CGI spectacle infused comic Kung Fu adventure.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Gravity takes a backseat to levity.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Keeps the gags flying almost as rapidly as the fists.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

A film that is geared simply, straightforwardly and, above all, honestly to providing absolute entertainment.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

The laws of physics no longer apply, if they ever did; characters leap, run at neck-breaking speed, bash each other through several walls with one blow.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

While those who can't stand long fight scenes might find it a bit tiresome, everyone else is going to consider this a sweet, light-hearted martial arts treat.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
Apollo Guide

Giant action sequences, funny characters, and, my favourite, a giant hand carved into the earth, whomping the bad guy into submission. So much fun.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

A strange, fun flick that loves its source material dearly, Kung Fu Hustle is destined to become a cult classic.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Simultaneously and paradoxically irreverent and loving. A terrific piece of cinematic entertainment

Full Review… | July 4, 2006

Kung Fu Hustle flies by on bursts of dizzying slapstick invention. There's rarely a dull moment, but the wise-guy tone and the non-stop frenzy wear you down.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

More like a cartoon populated with human actors.

Full Review… | January 17, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Invigorating, bombastic, out-there and very funny.

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Empire Magazine

Few directors in world cinema are working so competently and consistently in any mode as Chow is in this one.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Kung Fu Hustle is made with such infectious humour and gee-whiz visuals it's easy to simply surrender all over again to Chow's brand of lunacy

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Hustle

Poetry. And funny too.
The Axe Gang are the new big kids in town, but only for a quick moment in this game of filmic one-upmanship that's at the heart of this heavily influenced by Hollywood Chinese film. Count the many, many references to popular cult favorites ... it's too many to count.
And just flat out fun. Love it.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

I seem to be the only one that did not enjoy this movie. I found the comedy to be way too elementary. I ended up not laughing too much. (It's been a while since I've watched this movie so bear with me).

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

An inept would be gangster inadvertently causes a war between a tap dancing, axe wielding gang and a poor rural village which unwittingly acted as a retirement community for ex-martial arts masters. The follow up to Stephen Chow's amusing genre send up Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle is more Loony Tunes than Crouching Tiger. Its mix of slapstick comedy and cartoon violence feels like a breath of fresh air in such a po-faced genre, and anyone who enjoyed the mix of martial arts and comedy of Mr. Vampire or A Chinese ghost Story will surely enjoy this. It's a deconstruction of classic Asian cinema from the likes of the Shaw Brothers and introduces tongue in cheek, post modern comedy that almost reminded me of Terry Gilliam in places which makes for a warm homage to the genre with plenty of laughs at the expense of grandiose Asian mythology. As action packed as it is deeply silly, Kung Fu Hustle is huge fun from beginning to end.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Kung Fu Hustle guarantees entertainment with intense, wild, and creative martial arts.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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