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

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2008
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 25, 2006
I think this is a terrific film.
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Marc Savlov
Dallas Morning News
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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 22, 2006
[Li's] pandering to the domestic (Chinese) market with a tired, formulaic martial-arts melodrama dressed up as epic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 22, 2006
Though always charismatic, Li's most expressive when he lets fists fly.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 22, 2006
A pretentious biopic about a Chinese sports legend.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 22, 2006
Boldly conceived and handsomely produced, Fearless emits the kind of idealized glow that used to define Hollywood movies.
| Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
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.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 21, 2006
Whatever the years ahead, Li leaves the field he helped expand with honor and glory unsullied.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: C+
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Derek Elley
Variety
September 18, 2006
Fearless is a rather conventional costume biopicbiopic that still manages to pack a satisfying emotional punch by its final reel.
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Time Out
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.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
June 15, 2006
Witty choreography juices the pedestrian plot.