Reviews

Aug 16, 2021
It's sporadically amusing but not consistently funny. There's plenty of action but minimal tension. And the story never tries hard to be even a little convincing.
Jun 29, 2021
A rollicking, colourful comic strip of a movie with bells on.
Jun 29, 2021
Carpenter and his lively cast seem to be having such a good time that the easiest thing to do is relax and enjoy the ride. In a way, this is the movie "Escape from New York" was trying to be but never quite managed to pull off.
Jun 29, 2021
Watching Kurt Russell display not only a set of bulging biceps, but also... easy-going self-confidence is admittedly fun at times, even if the movie is as impenetrable as chop suey.
Jun 29, 2021
Big Trouble in Little China is a failure, but it's a fascinating, atypical failure.
Jun 29, 2021
The result - suspense/action/comedy/kung fu/supernatural - defies categorization. Let's just call it a rousing good movie and proceed
Jun 29, 2021
This is yet another movie of special effects over substance.
Jun 29, 2021
A bad marriage of martial arts and action spoofery, bungled by director John Carpenter working from the world's worst screenplay.
Jun 29, 2021
It's easy to appreciate the movie's colour and vigour, even if it's difficult to know exactly what the heck is going on.
Jun 29, 2021
The director, trying for speed, spectacle and whimsy, seems hamstrung--like his pratfalling hero, Jack Burton.
Jun 29, 2021
Russell, who has been making movies for years and who almost became a pro baseball player, turns in a fabulous performance.
Jun 29, 2021
"Big Trouble in Little China" might have been fun 10 years ago. Now, it's an embarrassment long past its time, with nothing new to offer audiences.
Apr 6, 2010
Benefits from a rollicking wise-ass performance from Kurt Russell but otherwise falls limp courtesy of too many corny gags.
Feb 9, 2006
Carpenter has always been a skilful genre mechanic, breathing life into old forms; if he stubs his toes up against the bamboo curtain this time, there is still more enjoyable sly humour than in most slug-fests.
May 21, 2003
An upscale send-up.
Jan 1, 2000
Special effects don't mean much unless we care about the characters who are surrounded by them, and in this movie the characters often seem to exist only to fill up the foregrounds.