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

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 25, 2006
I think this is a terrific film.
September 23, 2006
It takes time for the film to bounce back to the heights of its opening scene, but about midway it does.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2006
Every so often there is a hand-to-hand fight scene to cut the boredom -- the best is set atop a precipitously high wooden tower in a village square -- but even these don't set themselves apart from anything we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 22, 2006
Jet Li movies are still pretty cool, but they appear to be heading in an unfortunate direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
It boils down to a simple but elegantly told morality tale with beautiful sets and scenery and plenty of bracing action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2006
A movie that condemns the tendency of global culture to intrude everywhere while embracing the very things that kick multiplex doors down around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2006
[Li's] pandering to the domestic (Chinese) market with a tired, formulaic martial-arts melodrama dressed up as epic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2006
Though always charismatic, Li's most expressive when he lets fists fly.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2006
A pretentious biopic about a Chinese sports legend.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
A lavish biopic that gives Li one of his juiciest roles but is relatively light on the action his fans have come to expect.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2006
In Ronny Yu's sweeping film based on the life of wu shu master Huo Yuanjia, the retiring action star manages to tug a few heartstrings while breaking plenty of bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2006
The action scenes are disappointingly conventional, constrained for the most part to one-on-one ring matches with inferior opponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
Too often it seems to be just another action fantasy that teaches pacifism while indulging in brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2006
Perhaps predictably, the final work in Li's on-screen martial-arts career won't be the film to remember him by.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2006
The 43-year-old actor claims that this will be his last martial arts epic. That's too bad when movies like this and 2002's Hero find him just hitting his stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2006
Boldly conceived and handsomely produced, Fearless emits the kind of idealized glow that used to define Hollywood movies.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 22, 2006
A subplot involving his attachment to a blind village girl doesn't go anywhere, nor is it necessary; the real love affair here is Li's passion for the sport.
September 22, 2006
While showing his 43 years, Li is still capable of ripping his way through an ornate restaurant or clearing out 15 challengers in as many seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2006
Even though Fearless is laced with stunning fight sequences, none of them have lingered in my memory as vividly as Li's face has: His body may begin the story told in Fearless, but his face completes it.
September 21, 2006
Jet Li says goodbye (supposedly) to the martial arts genre with this decent blend of old-school chopsocky and new school superproduction.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2006
[Li's] work invites comparison not with the slapstick kung fu-lery of Jackie Chan (which I love), but with the scissoring limbs and corkscrew lifts of Merce Cunningham and other modern dancers. Li puts the swoosh into wushu.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2006
Fearless is a graceful and tightly edited kung fu movie, though many of Li's gravity defying moves are assisted by wirework.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 21, 2006
Jet Li's Fearless fears nothing indeed: Not lack of a plausible story, not murky motivations and idealized settings and cliched characters, not too much overblown wire work in the martial arts sequences.
September 21, 2006
Jet Li's Fearless is one of those corny, lusciously mounted, almost predictably thrill-packed action movies you can't help but like.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2006
Director Ronny Yu gets Li to drop his typical reticence and play the part to the hilt, and he capably moves from doting dad to arrogant tough guy to wise and compassionate role model.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2006
Fearless is an OK way to say goodbye, but its stagy fight choreography may just leave Li's fans wishing for something more.
September 21, 2006
Whatever the years ahead, Li leaves the field he helped expand with honor and glory unsullied.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 21, 2006
As purported, if Jet Li's final Chinese martial arts movie is indeed Jet Li's Fearless, the talented fist-and-foot pounder would have made more impact if he had ended things sooner.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 18, 2006
Fearless is a rather conventional costume biopicbiopic that still manages to pack a satisfying emotional punch by its final reel.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
[Director Ronny] Yu is less successful, however, in dealing with his star's limited emotive abilities, the message-heavy script's melodramatic philosophising and a sappy ending.
June 15, 2006
Witty choreography juices the pedestrian plot.