Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter) Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joshua Starnes
March 29, 2011
Part bio-pic, part wuxia, Fearless melds the best of both genres and in the process makes something greater than the sum of its parts, commenting both on its genre and human nature in general, both as they are now and what they could aspire to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Jet Li's final fight; teens OK.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
A honorable send-off
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 30, 2008
Every action sequence is imaginatively mounted, from a dizzying fight on a high tower, to the sight of Li taking on a wrestler twice his size...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Teamed up with veteran director Ronny Yu and renowned choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, Mr. Li does some of his best work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
April 27, 2007
More of a message movie designed for mainland China than a karate chopsocky for consumption in the West where a martial arts movie has to be about butt-kicking to generate any traction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Not so much a message film as it is a martial-arts epic with a philosophical backdrop. And it is utterly sincere without being treacly or preachy.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 3, 2007
As energetically corporeal as it is touchingly spiritual.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 30, 2006
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 23, 2006
Li carries the load on his shifty shoulders in a nostalgic wushu period piece that is philosophically solemn yet kinetically impish in its reflective spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
October 17, 2006
Fearless has some of the best choreography I've seen in years, and Li handles the task with his usual finesse.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 9, 2006
The film is about more than complex stunts and breathtaking acrobatics. It's about a man who learns the pitfalls of pride and becomes a national hero in the process. And it's a good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 9, 2006
It's a treat for fans of historical martial arts epics and especially for fans of Jet Li, who won't be the ones to tell the star if he's starting to show his age.
Full Review
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 7, 2006
If Li must leave his signature genre, better this entertaining bit of history than the wall-to-wall boredom of Hero.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 3, 2006
Do you really mean it, Jet Li?
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 30, 2006
No matter how you slice it, Fearless is Li in his prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 29, 2006
"Fearless" not only talks the talk, it walks the walk -- or side snap-kicks the side snap-kick, if you want.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
September 28, 2006
... Fearless is a richly layered tale of redemption
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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