The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.
The film is a contrivance, as artificial as the video games Japanese teens play in a nightclub sequence, but it's an enjoyable one.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A silly, cross-cultural shoot-'em-up -- the sort of movie that will work for those with some time to kill.
Don't let the subtitles fool you; the movie only proves that Hollywood no longer has a monopoly on mindless action.
The funny thing is, I didn't mind all this contrived nonsense a bit.
Sleek, shallow, but frequently amusing.
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
[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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The film lapses too often into sugary sentiment and withholds delivery on the pell-mell pyrotechnics its punchy style promises.
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.