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Shaolin Soccer Reviews

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Joe Utichi
FilmFocus

Not the classic it claims to be.

Full Review Source: FilmFocus | Original Score: 31/100

November 14, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A hard chestnut to swallow.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

June 20, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Comedy, even that of the low-brow variety, is not served well with an exaggerated version of Jim Carrey.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

August 9, 2003
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Chow delivers his own lines fairly well, but the overall effect is like a sputtering engine that's not firing on all cylinders. And the new edit doesn't solve the main problem with the original film.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 17, 2003
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

There's no question Chow is talented. But this just isn't the vehicle that will make him an international star.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 19, 2003
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Overall, the cartoonish hijinks are unrestrained and frankly juvenile; whether that's praise or criticism is a matter of personal taste.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 2, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

Sometimes it's so goofy you want to slap it for foisting so many dud slapstick gags. And sometimes it's so intentionally goofy you have to laugh.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Over-the-top mugging defines the story of a ragtag soccer team that uses Shaolin kung fu to vanquish its foes on the field.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2004
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Over the top is a tricky thing to pull off effectively. But when it is done as delightfully as it has been done in Shaolin Soccer, you just have to sit back and take in the eye candy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is piffle, yes, but superior piffle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As long as your expectations are focused in the right direction, it's a sure bet that you'll have a good time watching this infectiously entertaining comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A very traditional underdog sports team story told in a delightfully untraditional style, with whimsy, fantasy, and heart.

| Original Score: B+

April 23, 2004
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Untraditional underdog sports team story.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

This kind of boorish treatment is usually worthy of scorn, disrespectful of both the artist and the audience, but with a fizzy soccer comedy, the moves seem inspired.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 4, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 26, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2004
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

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 grinning...to care very much.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

November 19, 2004
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A blitzkrieg of hilarious kung fu craziness.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

May 2, 2005
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

June 3, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

May 5, 2009

Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004
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