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Shaolin Soccer

Shaolin Soccer (2004)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 8

The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 0

The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.



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One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor. Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his "leg of steel." However, these days there isn't much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing's talent for kicking

Aug 24, 2004


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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (8) | DVD (24)

A spirited crowd-pleaser.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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You could call it a guilty pleasure, but that would suggest you feel bad about enjoying yourself.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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May be the funniest out-and-out comedy of the summer.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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Shaolin Soccer is one of those unlikely combinations, like Vanilla Coke or Christian rock, that fits so well, you're left wondering why no one thought of it before.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Catnip to those familiar with the conventions of Hong Kong martial arts movies.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Untraditional underdog sports team story.

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

Kung Fu and sports movies collide in writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's devilishly entertaining Honk Kong action movie.

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source:

Provided Chow survives being 'Miramaxed', you're looking at the next big Asian star to rise in the West.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

It so deliriously riffs on everything from The Bad News Bears and Jurassic Park to super heroes and break dancing that it's hard not to get caught up in the goofy fun.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Awesome and fun...

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

A movie as empty-headed as your average Premier League player, but that doesn't matter when the footie scenes are so fun and deliriously OTT.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine logical and giddy as a second grade classroom.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

A hard chestnut to swallow.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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None of this is meant to be taken seriously or even thought about. So just turn off your brain and enjoy the silliness.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A fall-out-of-the-chair, funny movie!

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

A blitzkrieg of hilarious kung fu craziness.

May 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

No doubt there are sports pedants who will find themselves echoing the sentiments of one exasperated opponent as he exclaims "Please don't play like this! I really want to play soccer!" -- but everyone else will be too busy care very much.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Not the classic it claims to be.

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Comments (3)

The whole film is played with such an infectious sense of fun and at such a snappy pace that you can't help being swept along by it.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Funny and warm.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source:

Até mesmo os efeitos visuais cartunescos se adequam ao tom de fantasia desta produção que, justamente por não se levar a sério, é surpreendentemente hilária.

October 25, 2004
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A movie that rises to dizzying heights of silliness before soaring into the silly stratosphere, Shaolin Soccer is pure fun.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Audience Reviews for Shaolin Soccer

Soccer star "Golden Leg" is bribed into throwing an important match and has his legs broken in retribution. Twenty years later he teams up with a young Kung Fu master to win a prestigious Soccer Tournament and revenge himself on the man responsible. Shaolin Soccer is a witty, tongue in cheek pastiche of multiple film genres, including martial arts epics, Jackie Chan style chop socky slapstick, sports underdog films and even spaghetti westerns. This mish mash of styles and genres reminded me very much of the kind of knowing comedy Simon Pegg would make rather than the juvenile scattershot parodies of Zucker/Abrams. There's a lot of humour in the notion that ordinary people are using Shaolin Kung Fu in everyday life and Chow cleverly uses loony tunes-style CGI and costumes to intercut between the mundane and "epic". The sports film formula is cleverly parodied (the villain's team is called "Team Evil") and the wire work during the match sequences is hilarious! Unfortunately, like Shaun Of The Dead, it is a bit of a one-idea film, and it could've stood to lose a little flab in the middle as it runs out of steam occasionally. But only occasionally. It's a very funny film with plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the combination of martial arts and football will appeal to stereotypical heterosexual men everywhere!
March 26, 2013
xGary Xx

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Get ready to kick some grass!

Good solid fun! I enjoyed it alot and I would watch again because its clean fun no dirty jokes or with double meaning.

Sing is a skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee whose amazing "leg of steel" catches the eye of a soccer coach. Together they assemble a squad of Sing's former Shaolin brothers inspired by the big-money prize in a national soccer competition. Using an unlikely mix of martial arts and newfound soccer skills, it seems an unbeatable combination until they must face the dreaded Team Evil in the ultimate battle for the title.
February 19, 2012
Manu Gino

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I watched this as a kid and remember thinking, "My gosh, these guys are absolutely getting owned by a soccer ball." The action is so absurd and outrageous that it makes everything hilarious. A joy to watch.
November 27, 2011
Albert Kim

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[talking to a TV camera]
Sing: I want to say hello to my parents and my Kung Fu master, but they're all dead.

A team of former Shaolin martial artists take on Team EVIL in the ultimate showdown combining soccer and kung fu. How would this not be a good movie?

From star/writer/director Stephen Chow, basically China's Jim Carrey, this is a movie that is entertaining every time I watch it. It is almost a parody of most sports movie, but still manages to have an original story, combined with a great sense of humor, fun effects to show what happens when soccer and martial arts are mixed together, and even a sweet romance angle. It also helps that the action scenes are completely over-the-top, including the music.

Chow and a host of other funny Asian actors assemble the rag tag soccer team, challenging all comers in their soccer league, and make one hell of an entertaining and funny movie.

Sing: [after his team gets brutally beaten by Team Gangster] Why don't you stop them? They're being unlawful!
Golden Leg Fung: I'm the referee! I won't stop them!
Sing: What do you mean by that? You basically want us to die!
Golden Leg Fung: [blows his whistle] You! Out of the game!
Sing: Have you gone nuts?
Golden Leg Fung: This is a test! If none of you can pass it, then you can't play in the soccer league!
Sing: Well, this is a soccer game! This isn't a war!
Golden Leg Fung: The final soccer game is a war.
March 23, 2008

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