The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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November 8, 2019
The Forbidden Kingdom spins a web of fantasy and enchantment. A gift for the ages. A timeless classic. A masterpiece. Pure Oscar gold.
October 11, 2018
Is this Hollywood championing relativism, or is it just lazy writing?
August 26, 2018
Nothing quite like the entertainment value of bloodless mayhem.
March 24, 2016
... has fun with the tale and Americanizes the genre without losing the pleasures of its Asian inspirations.
October 18, 2012
Surprisingly a lot of fun, with a simple good vs. evil plot, nice action sequences and a battle of the ages between two of the biggest martial art movie masters.
November 24, 2011
April 4, 2011
March 22, 2011
If you're a big Jackie Chan and/or Jet Li fan this movie was made for you and you should go see it on the big screen once. But because of a complete lack of storytelling effort from the filmmakers, there's no reason to ever see it more than once.
September 9, 2008
Kung fu fever and fluff mix it up with hordes of floating knights in shining armor with bad attitude, and just a little heavy on the dressing, courtesy of the costume department.
August 28, 2008
Think of it as a kung fu fairy tale almost anyone can appreciate.
July 18, 2008
The first onscreen meeting of screen legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li is possibly reason enough to see this fantasy, whose extravagant martial arts sequences are choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, whose signature was inked in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
July 4, 2008
... despite falling prey to some of the anticipate problems, it ultimately emerges victorious, perhaps wobbling a bit, but only in the giddy manner of the drunken master played by Chan.
June 8, 2008
Fans of either martial artist will probably find enough to enjoy out of this, and will even like it more if they like 80's fantasy films.
June 5, 2008
Fueled by Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this enjoyable romp has plenty of kick.
June 3, 2008
An unapologetically old-fashioned fantasy ... solid enough entertainment for grown-ups, but something that many kids will absolutely adore.
June 2, 2008
If The Forbidden Kingdom missteps, it's by assuming that its digitally enhanced stunts are more impressive than they are and, therefore, lavishing more attention on the kinetics than the story.
May 25, 2008
Welcomed doses of slapstick and winking humor are sprinkled throughout rescuing the film from the occasionally heavy but never overbearing exposition.
May 17, 2008
When I say the movie is cheesy, I am talking provolone, American cheese, Swiss cheese; cheesy.
May 15, 2008
Yeah, it's a dopey kid's movie, but -- significant detail -- one that feels like it was actually written for kids ... Also, whenever things threaten to get too schlocky, this amazing villainess with a magic bullwhip shows up.
May 13, 2008
It would be little without its superb martial arts sequences, so its good to report that the movie isn't just filled with them, but that each fight was choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping.
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