Total Recall: Jet Li's Best-Reviewed Films

We celebrate the best work of the famed wushu champ and Mummy star.

by Tim Ryan and Jeff Giles | Wednesday, Jul. 30 2008


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2. Hero
(2004, 95 percent)


Hero was a massive success in Hong Kong when it was released in December 2002, but that didn't stop Miramax -- the studio that held American rights to the film -- from sitting on it for nearly two years, delaying its release six times. It took Quentin Tarantino's pull to get Hero into American theaters, and when it finally debuted in August 2004, it took the box office crown for the week, earning over $18 million and a spot among the highest-grossing foreign films in U.S. history. Critics enjoyed Hero almost as much as audiences, sending it to 95 percent on the Tomatometer -- but their praise wasn't quite universal. Though the movie's visual beauty is impossible to deny, some have taken issue with what they see as a tacit approval of totalitarianism. Don't care about politics? Not to worry -- Hero comes equipped with enough wire-assisted fighting to slake your thirst for epic martial arts action. "The simple fact of the matter is this: Hero is the best martial arts movie I have ever seen," wrote David Cornelius of Efilmcritic.com.

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