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The One (2001)

The One


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 73

Critics Consensus: The One plays out more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners like the The Matrix. Also, Jet Li's martial arts abilities are buried under the editing and special effects.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: The One plays out more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners like the The Matrix. Also, Jet Li's martial arts abilities are buried under the editing and special effects.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 100,318


Movie Info

Former X-Files writer James Wong makes his sophomore feature as a director at the helm of this science fiction thriller that's reminiscent of Timecop (1994). In the near future, a technology called "quantum tunneling" allows human beings to travel between parallel universes. The abuse of this ability by criminal elements has led to the formation of the Multi-Verse Authorities or "MVA," an agency of quantum traveling cops who apprehend violators of inter-dimensional laws. The MVA faces its … More

PG-13 (for intense action violence and some language)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
James Wong , Glen Morgan
In Theaters:
Mar 5, 2002
Box Office:
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The One

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (73) | DVD (32)

Wong's efficiently creepy Final Destination was as much memento mori as teen disposal unit, but in The One the maze of death leads only to exhaustion.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

This sci-fi/martial arts hybrid has the stale aura of a product assembled out of bits of other action movies.

November 3, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

Bullets fly, lights flash, action occurs, time goes by, but nothing actually happens.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Hasn't enough good dialogue here for one Yulaw, never mind two.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003

A sci-fi kung-fu mish-mash of dreck . . . The use of stand-ins is obvious and the resolution is ludicrous.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

All I know is, if there are really multiple parallel universes, I pity all the versions of me that have to watch all the versions of this movie.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

You should know you're in trouble when you steal ideas from Highlander.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

una colección de huecos inexplicables en su guión.

June 8, 2002

Replicates the experience of viewing an arcade demo for the same length of time.

April 24, 2002

Morgan and Wong lose sight of what makes Li such an appealing star in the first place: his natural athletic ability.

Full Review… | April 9, 2002

The confused step-child of "Sliders" and Highlander.

Full Review… | March 30, 2002
Film Freak Central

Li kicks a good amount of ass in the film, but he's certainly no Oscar contender.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002

Instead of thrilling audiences, The One disappoints.

Full Review… | December 21, 2001

It's as if Wong and Morgan didn't think beyond the pitch session. It becomes painful to watch how quickly the duo squanders the story's potential.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

Too serious about itself and its silly concept, and it offers nothing beyond the fight sequences we've seen before.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001

I like Jet, but...this particular "Version" of the idea deletes nearly all ripe tangents.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Hollywood Report Card

The cheapest and most nonsensical slice of quasi-Science Fiction silliness since Freejack.

Full Review… | November 12, 2001
Matinee Magazine

"The One" is an expensive-looking martial arts-science fiction movie that delivers a lot less than you would expect from it.

Full Review… | November 11, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

What little good that can be said about The One is easily summed up in this sentence: Jet Li fights himself.

Full Review… | November 10, 2001

I'm happy to report that Jet Li's fourth American film crosses the finish line as far and away the best of them.

Full Review… | November 5, 2001
Combustible Celluloid

A disappointing marriage of science fiction and action, with too much sci-fi nonsense and not nearly enough action.

Full Review… | November 5, 2001
Radio Free Entertainment

Audience Reviews for The One

Wow... absolutely horrible. Can't even describe how horrible it was. Do not watch this crapfest.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

As good as this looks, this movie is an awful, awful, AWFUL film. And I am NOT exaggerating. Very little action is good, and the dialogue actually SOUNDS like people reading off of a piece of paper.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


Stealing the power of the universes one by one.

An OK movie. More Jet Li action, not much different from his other roles. The movie was a little confusing to me but nevertheless nothing really appealed too much to me. The special effects didn't look so special and the acting wasn't there either. This movie is for Jet Li fans. The last fight between the 2 Jet Li's was pretty good I gotta admit but that was it. Nice cast but not used to there full extent.

There is not one universe, but there are many, which is a multiverse. Supposing you are just one person, there are many other versions of you in the other universes, there are ways to travel, but only a police agency,MVA, can travel only for police procedures. Gabriel Yulaw is a former MVA agent, who killed another version of himself in self-defense. It made the other versions of him stronger. When Yulaw found out about this, he became power-hungry killing the 122 other versions for two years. After killing Lawless and getting captured by his former partner Roedecker and a new MVA agent Funsch, Yulaw managed to escape the prison and is trying to kill his last target, Gabe Law who is a police officer. He is also at Yulaw's strength. Roedecker and Funsch now have to arrest Yulaw before he can kill Gabe. There is a possibility that the universe could die or make Yulaw invincible. After encountering Yulaw for the first time, Gabe thought that it was his split personality, but it wasn't. Will Gabe be able to confront Yulaw before or after Yulaw ruins his life?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A former agent who policed the various different universes finds that killing the other versions of himself increases his own abilities and so sets out to murder them all and become a super being. On paper, this interesting alternate reality premise and the idea of two Jet Lis battling each other sounds great, but the workmanlike direction and unimaginative plot turns it into an unrelenting exercise in mediocrity. Essentially a shoddy Matrix clone, the action sequences are clumsy and unexciting and the cast struggle with their cardboard cut out characters, especially Jason Statham who is saddled with a wholly unconvincing American accent. This kind of meat and potatoes generic sci fi flick should be left to keeping the likes of Mark Dacascos in leather trousers; like all of the other Asian stars who get lumbered with similar second rate projects in their attempt to break the US, Jet Li is above this.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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