CJ7 Reviews

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February 6, 2018
The writer-director-actor-choreographer Stephen Chow disappoints mightily with CJ7, a dreary follow-up to his witty international hit Kung Fu Hustle.
November 16, 2011
August 8, 2008
Good for kids, probably of all ages.
August 8, 2008
There are some nice surreal touches, such as getting enormous adults to play two of the eight-year-olds. But I can't forgive Chow for a misjudged and frankly offensive ending, which is culpably evasive about the reality of life and death.
August 8, 2008
Chow's film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. A kids' comedy with a heart.
April 11, 2008
China has a lot to answer for these days -- unsafe food exports, unsafe toys, Tibet. And now CJ7.
April 11, 2008
Chow's loyal fans are sure to be disappointed by CJ7, and the film faces one other significant problem in traveling to these shores: Any kid who is the right age to appreciate this pap is going to be too young to read subtitles.
March 28, 2008
Even with its flaws this comedy is more interesting kids' fare than most sanitized studio releases.
March 28, 2008
This is a fable of forgiveness and regeneration, but it delves into a child's deepest, darkest fears. Fortunately, things turn out OK in the end.
March 27, 2008
I don't doubt [Stephen Chow's] talent. With this one, though, I doubt his story sense and his borderline-insane mixture of tones.
March 21, 2008
For all its mawkish plot turns and indecipherable trippiness, this is not a boring movie. It's just wiggy. And schmaltzy. And Spielbergian. And, uh ... wait. I think I've got a Jujube in my teeth.
March 21, 2008
CJ7 is precisely the 80-something minutes of delirium and cheesy special-effects you'd expect from the man responsible for the chaos of Shaolin Soccer and the lunacy of Kung Fu Hustle.
March 14, 2008
The presence of Xu Jiao, who never tips her gender for a moment, and is winsome without being cute, is enough to keep the audience watching.
March 14, 2008
CJ7 is wildly entertaining at times, but when it comes to telling an actual story, Chow could use some tutoring from the clever folks at Pixar.
March 14, 2008
The message, at least, is consistently and passionately delivered. But it's safe to say that this 90-minute flick doesn't require a very big thinking cap or much by way of analysis.
March 13, 2008
CJ7 is too bizarre an amalgam of sappy sentimentality and life-on-the-streets edginess.
March 7, 2008
It's the low-tech side of Stephen Chow's fantasy that proves the most interesting.
March 7, 2008
This is lesser Chow because there is less Chow.
March 7, 2008
CJ7 is heavy on slapstick and may appeal to very young viewers who won't need to bother much with the subtitles.
March 7, 2008
Its occasionally endearing schmaltz is eclipsed by bizarre shifts in tone and a lackluster story.
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