Wasabi Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
April 7, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
March 16, 2003
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Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2003
The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
November 14, 2002
The film is a contrivance, as artificial as the video games Japanese teens play in a nightclub sequence, but it's an enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2002
Reno does what he can in a thankless situation, the film ricochets from humor to violence and back again, and Ryoko Hirosue makes us wonder if she is always like that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
Like being trapped inside a huge video game, where exciting, inane images keep popping past your head and the same illogical things keep happening over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 7, 2002
One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 4, 2002
Wasabi is slight fare indeed, with the entire project having the feel of something tossed off quickly (like one of Hubert's punches), but it should go down smoothly enough with popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2002
A silly, cross-cultural shoot-'em-up -- the sort of movie that will work for those with some time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
Don't let the subtitles fool you; the movie only proves that Hollywood no longer has a monopoly on mindless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
The funny thing is, I didn't mind all this contrived nonsense a bit.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 27, 2002
Sleek, shallow, but frequently amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
September 27, 2002
The spaniel-eyed Jean Reno infuses Hubert with a mixture of deadpan cool, wry humor and just the measure of tenderness required to give this comic slugfest some heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
September 26, 2002
[Tries] to parody a genre that's already a joke in the United States. The movie is the equivalent of French hip-hop, which also seems to play on a 10-year delay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2002
Dawdles and drags when it should pop; it doesn't even have the virtue of enough mindless violence to break up the tedium of all its generational bonding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
The film lapses too often into sugary sentiment and withholds delivery on the pell-mell pyrotechnics its punchy style promises.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
September 24, 2002
The real charm of this trifle is the deadpan comic face of its star, Jean Reno, who resembles Sly Stallone in a hot sake half-sleep.