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Iron Monkey Reviews

January 6, 2002
A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2001
Yuen tosses off nimble, elegantly witty solutions to life's most vexing problems regarding rooms full of bad guys who won't take thwak for an answer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 16, 2001
[Yuen's] fights are innovative and intense, whether they're a whirlwind one-on-one duel or one of many struggles featuring multiple combatants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2001
Think of Iron Monkey as the potboiling cousin of Crouching Tiger, rather than its most honoured forefather, and you'll be on the right wavelength.
October 12, 2001
A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.
October 12, 2001
A breathtaking pleasure certain to build anticipation for Yuen's future directing efforts on this side of the globe.
October 12, 2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was like fusion food, Chinese for Western tastes. Now, get ready for the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 12, 2001
The battles are as hilarious as they are stunning, full of kung fu and Shaolin trash talk, blindingly fast punches (achieved by under-cranking the camera, thus speeding up the motion) and breathtakingly inventive fight choreography.
October 12, 2001
As with other, similar movies, you do have to buy into brazen pulp operatics to get through it. Still, there's a rough-hewn energy to the movie's pre-digital flying-fist sequences that all but neutralizes the unapologetic hokum.
October 12, 2001
The story is fairly generic, but plot has as little to do with the pleasures of kung fu movies as story lines do in musicals.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 12, 2001
Highly entertaining escapist fare.
October 12, 2001
If Asian martial arts movies interest you even a little bit, you're going to want to see Iron Monkey.
October 12, 2001
Pure ballet, pure candy for the eyes.
October 12, 2001
A cinematic marvel to behold.
October 12, 2001
What raises it above the level of conventional children's pulp entertainment is Yuen's dazzlingly choreographed acrobatic high-wire work.
October 12, 2001
Contains some of the most inspired martial arts sequences ever put on film.
October 12, 2001
A film like Iron Monkey is basically aimed at audiences who want elaborate fight sequences and fidget at the dialogue in between. It's for the fans, not the crossover audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2001
It hasn't aged a bit.
October 11, 2001
Not only visually brilliant, it's funny too.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2001
Not only has nothing essential been compromised, but the film seems crisper, cleaner and better organized than I remember.
October 11, 2001
It doesn't have much in the way of plot. But this high-flying tale about a Robin Hood/Zorro figure boasts spectacular action sequences that make story irrelevant.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2001
Its production values may not be as good as when Ang Lee or the Wachowski brothers are behind the camera, but the creative vigor of its originality, distilled in a pure and unadulterated form, is simply exhilarating.
October 11, 2001
It's got more wit and heart, more eye-dazzling adventure, and more poetic depth than most big Hollywood movies.
October 11, 2001
Now here's a violent movie that the whole family can enjoy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2001
Monkey ends up being 86 minutes of action with none of the character depth that made Crouching Tiger an international sensation. You see it for its punch-outs the way you see Riverdance for its stomping.
October 11, 2001
The action here is peerless. But seen after Crouching Tiger -- in which Yuen's martial-arts mastery was equaled, and balanced, by the story -- you might find yourself wishing for a little Hidden Monkey.
October 11, 2001
Action fans who like their kung fu in period costume and with little blood will likely think they've struck the motherlode.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 9, 2001
The final duel, fought on burning poles and involving at least a half dozen Olympic skills, is dazzling.