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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2008
Fueled by Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this enjoyable romp has plenty of kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2008
An unapologetically old-fashioned fantasy ... solid enough entertainment for grown-ups, but something that many kids will absolutely adore.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2008
When I say the movie is cheesy, I am talking provolone, American cheese, Swiss cheese; cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 8, 2008
The story, which should be forbidden, keeps coming back for more. Whenever the plot pops up, from predictable love scenes to the villainess who hates men for no reason to the crypto-Confucian lines, you keep wishing for the next fist to fly.
May 6, 2008
Plenty of fun action sequences, but one wants more from a movie that contains this promising line: 'Summon the witch. The one born of wolves.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 2, 2008
(Minkoff) botches the film's fantasy elements, saturating these segments with cheesy effects.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2008
Jason's relationship with Golden Sparrow stays pretty locked in first gear, such that the movie might attend to kung fu%u2014sort of.
April 27, 2008
All the martial arts movies have become clichés. This film is worse than stupid. Enough!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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