• Wasabi
    2 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Wasabi Reviews

Lisa Nesselson
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April 7, 2009

Houston Chronicle
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March 16, 2003
Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.

February 5, 2003
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

November 14, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 20, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.

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October 7, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2002
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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A silly, cross-cultural shoot-'em-up -- the sort of movie that will work for those with some time to kill.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Don't let the subtitles fool you; the movie only proves that Hollywood no longer has a monopoly on mindless action.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The funny thing is, I didn't mind all this contrived nonsense a bit.

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October 2, 2002
Gene Seymour
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Sleek, shallow, but frequently amusing.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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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

September 27, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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[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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 26, 2002
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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The film lapses too often into sugary sentiment and withholds delivery on the pell-mell pyrotechnics its punchy style promises.

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September 26, 2002
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 24, 2002
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