Kung Fu Hustle Reviews

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Sam Ho
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.

Film4
May 2, 2012
Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Gravity takes a backseat to levity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Keeps the gags flying almost as rapidly as the fists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
A film that is geared simply, straightforwardly and, above all, honestly to providing absolute entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 4, 2007
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 77/100
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: A
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
A strange, fun flick that loves its source material dearly, Kung Fu Hustle is destined to become a cult classic.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 4, 2006
Simultaneously and paradoxically irreverent and loving. A terrific piece of cinematic entertainment
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.
February 7, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/4

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
More like a cartoon populated with human actors.
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
January 7, 2006
Invigorating, bombastic, out-there and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2005
A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
August 31, 2005
Few directors in world cinema are working so competently and consistently in any mode as Chow is in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
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
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