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The Medallion (2003)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 103

The use of special effects diminishes some of Chan's appeal in this disposable picture.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26

The use of special effects diminishes some of Chan's appeal in this disposable picture.



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Cop Eddie Yang (Jackie Chan) and his partner, Interpol agent Arthur Watson (Lee Evans), are in pursuit of international human-smuggling crimelord Snakehead (Julian Sands). The partners get seriously wounded and a mysterious ancient medallion transforms them into superpowered warriors called Highbinders. The two halves of the medallion are supposed to grant eternal life when joined together by a powerful young boy who was born during a specific time in the Year of the Snake. The villainous

Dec 23, 2003


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Repeatedly falls back on poorly staged, choppily edited (and gunplay-heavy) fight scenes between Chan and a gloomy, power-mad villain.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Makes you long for Tucker -- and for Jackie Chan to fly without digital wings.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This outing, Jackie doesn't bring much humor or personality to his role.

August 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If writers think that they have to give Jackie Chan superpowers and special effects in order for him to do amazing things, they clearly have no idea who they're writing for.

August 23, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Chan's normally homegrown stuntwork is replaced by a lot of wire fighting and special effects.

August 22, 2003
Washington Post
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So cheesy and cheap that it almost attains high camp.

August 22, 2003
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Die-hard Jackie Chan fans may be disappointed.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Probably the worst Jackie Chan vehicle to come around in his career...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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With smooth, energetic direction by Gordon Chan and a love interest in the beautiful Claire Forlani, The Medallion shapes up as one of Jackie Chan's best American films.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Medallion is an honest machine for making money, a meritorious entrepreneurial model.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... enough distractions to carry us through the doldrums.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

For Jackie Chan... the moment of truth may have finally come. Nearly 50... the undeniably engaging star may be near the end of his shelf life as an action figure.

January 2, 2004 Full Review

It's a lame slapstick actioner in which Jackie Chan lets CGI effects take the heat instead of his arthritic joints.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source:

Amateurish effects, frenetic camerawork and ridiculous villains prevent Chan's Medallion from emanating true cinematic shine.

October 24, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A special-effects bonanza, and a woefully underwhelming one at that.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY


September 23, 2003 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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The script is so simplistic that it's almost funny as a spoof.

September 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

As always [Chan] gets some big laughs.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily
Fantastica Daily

The lesson to learn from The Medallion is that a wire- and computer-assisted Jackie Chan is better than no Jackie Chan but still a bad idea nonetheless.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

With the cheesy effects and cartoony soundtrack, the film feels like an overgrown episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Unfortunately, it dresses Jackie Chan up with gadgetry and gimmickry.

September 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Do you ever go into a movie that's so incomprehensible that you come out wondering just why someone put up the money to have it made?

September 1, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...the whole thing has a been-there-done-that feeling to it.

August 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A hackneyed, mediocre offering with little to remind fans of why they like Jackie.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

Special effects rob the film of its main reason for being: Chan's amazing stunts.

August 28, 2003
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Chan's grace and Evan's comedy highlight the current chapter in the book of Chan

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for The Medallion

I do love Jackie Chan, but this movie was not as good as I expected to be.
June 8, 2010
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The Medaillon. I tried so hard to watch this Movie to end but it just bored me.
December 15, 2009
Wahida K

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Funncy and cheerful light hearted kung fu movie with jack chan,lee evans and the really good looking claire forlani (meet joe black)
March 8, 2009

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