A martial-arts flick that transcends its genre with surprisingly strong sci-fi concepts.
[Wong] drains the artistry from the martial arts, shooting the aerial work without the requisite grace, and adding a plebian array of not-so-special effects.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It rarely lets [Li] cut loose with his impressive martial artistry.
A live-action video game gussied up with bad, Matrix-style bullet-time photo tricks and what must be a record amount of just plain bullets released in a PG-13-rated film.
Offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A dimwitted parallel-universe slugfest that sets a new low for a Hollywood martial arts extravaganza built around a major star.
The One should have used its brain, not its brawn.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
"The One" is pure pulp junk and Wong embraces it as such, rushing through the mundane details of establishing characters and defining motivation to leap into action...
| Original Score: B-
Even by the grunting and grimacing standards of comic-book action films, the performances in The One are undernourished.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
It's lazy, makes plenty of mistakes and doesn't always live up to its potential.
The film's very short running time minimizes the audience's pain. A little of this movie goes a long way.
| Original Score: 2/4
If popcorn-picture auteur John Carpenter made martial arts flicks, they'd be just like "The One" -- an unabashedly cheesy, B-grade sci-fi amusement park ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
A joyless affair -- neck-snapping violence, endless blather trying to explain the 'science' behind what is happening and guns, guns and more guns.
The action is fun and ultraviolent, the story is satisfactorily ridiculous and the acting is nonexistent.
A blast of first-rate entertainment.
For a while, it seemed Jet Li could be the next Mel Gibson, but instead, he's becoming the next Jean-Claude Van Damme.
When one actor plays both hero and villain, the viewer knows that what is being shown is not an authentic dance.
Confusing plot holes, cut-out characters and cretinous dialogue undercut the visual feast.
Fans of Li's Hong Kong films may just be embarrassed; how can you mount a defense for an actor this bad in two roles?
A dim-witted, dim-watted martial-arts actioner.
| Original Score: 1/4