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Romeo Must Die (2000)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 62

In his second Hollywood movie, Jet Li impresses. Unfortunately, when he's not on screen, the movie slows to a crawl. Though there's some spark between Jet and Aaliyah, there isn't any threat of a fire. And as impressive as the action sequences are, some critics feel they are over-edited.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 12

In his second Hollywood movie, Jet Li impresses. Unfortunately, when he's not on screen, the movie slows to a crawl. Though there's some spark between Jet and Aaliyah, there isn't any threat of a fire. And as impressive as the action sequences are, some critics feel they are over-edited.

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William Shakespeare's streak as the hottest storyteller in Hollywood continues with this modern-dress variation on Romeo and Juliet. In this loose adaptation, Hang Sing (Jet Li) is a former police officer from Hong Kong who comes to the United States following the death of his brother, the leader of an Asian crime ring. Hang Sing discovers that his brother had become involved in a turf battle with an African-American gang, led by Isaak (Delroy Lindo). But his blood lust begins to subside when he

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Eric Bernt, John Jarrell

Aug 1, 2000

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slick, Joel Silver-produced action movie with a borderline straight to video feel.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Straight-ahead action would have been more than sufficient.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Li's] scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's not Shakespeare, but Romeo Must Die is a major kick.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Jet Li is, quite simply, the Michael Jordan of martial arts.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The reason to sit through [Romeo Must Die's] uninspired, formulaic moves ... is its half-dozen spectacular fight sequences.

January 1, 2000
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undiluted garbage

September 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

This hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is awful.

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

The point of the film is kung fu. But, sadly, it doesn't deliver.

July 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

It's unfortunate that so much of the running time has been given over to the plodding plot about a war between two gangs...

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Jet Li deserves better than this.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Guess what, kids! Your average Jet Li film is a LOT better than your average Jackie Chan film.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

A nifty little package that should allow Jet Li to get a solid hold on American actioners.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Everyone can enjoy the main special effect in the movie: Jet Li.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Where's Jackie Chan when you need him?

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

It's not Shakespeare a la Kenneth Branagh, but it's not bad either.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

What impresses me about this film is its consistency in terms of characterization.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Our star-crossed lovers are so emotionally off-channel, it's easy to forget the origin of the film's title...

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Fast, furious fun, worth a viewing.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The director gets carried away with his quick-cutting technique, to the point that it interferes with the viewer's ability to appreciate the fantastic choreography.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Way too much time is spent exposing the boring, conventional plot, with all its predictable twists and double-crossings.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

It's funny and violent and occasionally quite entertaining, even if there's not a single convincing moment.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A little more action and a little less talk would have taken things much further.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

The movie barely manages to keep you awake, much less quicken your pulse.

April 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die is a mess of a martial arts film. This is not a film that will appeal to fans of the genre. The story didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I felt it was boring, uninspired and not interesting. The cast here are terrible, I've never been a fan of Jet Li, and this film just makes me hate him more. Starring alongside him are other "actors" who can't actually act, but try to any way. This is a terrible cast for a terrible film, and it fits perfectly. Unlike the old school Bruce Lee which had elaborate plots and great acting, and kick ass martial arts; Romeo Must Die fails at everything except delivering "ass kicking" martial arts. Jet Li sucks, and he's no Bruce Lee. Romeo Must Die lacks any real drama, conflict or effective action to keep this film afloat. Despite the fact that this is an action film, I was pretty bored with it because the film was poorly done. I despised the cast, and I felt that they all destroyed the film. Romeo Must Die is a sloppy film that has poorly executed action scenes. Romeo Must Die is not a good Martial Arts film. I'm going to stick with Bruce Lee as the undisputed master of martial arts and of the genre itself. At least his films involved elaborate, well developed plots and had awesome action. But this, this has some action, but marred with poor acting, and poor plot, which in the end, makes this film fail disastrously. I don't like Jet Li, I find him irritating and a bad actor, but at times he does cool stuff on-screen. However, I feel his martial arts aren't up to par with Bruce Lee, and no that is not why this film sucks. The film because the acting is awful, the plot is bad and the direction of the overall film is terrible. It's no wonder that this film has made it into the Bargain bin for 5$.
September 29, 2011
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An ultra-cool and stylish action-thriller with great visuals and stunning fight sequences. Jet Li packs plenty of punch and Aaliyah packs plenty of heart.
June 26, 2011
allan913

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wierd and boring. C
July 28, 2010
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Romeo must die is a typical hip hop generation action flick, but it's a good one.

Tons of insane action, nice special effects, and a great unpredictable storyline. Had the storyline and turn out of the movie not of been so good - I probably would not of gave this movie as high of a rating as it's typical to a lot of action movies, but it's storyline will catch you off gaurd and you'll become drawn in by this great martial-arts action packed movie with a little romance on the side.
August 20, 2008
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