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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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Dan Lybarger
April 27, 2008
Fortunately, Minkoff has one talent many of his American predecessors have lacked: When Chan or Li is fighting, he knows how to hold the camera still.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
April 24, 2008
These two fighters may be turning into grandpas, thanks to the "Viagra" of wire work and other special effects, both men are still able to pull off some very entertaining fight sequences.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 24, 2008
I'm totally in the target audience for this film, having long been a fan of both actors as well as the genre itself. But the fact is that this thing just didn't work for me, and I'm completely frustrated by that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 23, 2008
An enjoyable big budget film with lots of fancy sets, special effects and great fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
April 23, 2008
Jackie Chan and Jet Li together for the first time in a martial arts film - the perfect formula for a winner!
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 23, 2008
Mostly bloodless Chan/Li martial arts adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 23, 2008
It's not an awful movie, but, although it has its moments, it is not a particularly good one either. [Still] every scene with the Monkey King in it is magical and mesmerizing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 22, 2008
...the movie has a sweetly affecting fairy-tale atmosphere...
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Ramsey
April 22, 2008
'Blue eyeshadow went out in the 1280's!' Jet Li shouts at the Jade Warlord
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 21, 2008
Instead of hitting us with crouching tigers and hidden dragons, the kung fu action-adventure The Forbidden Kingdom features the monk versus the drunk. And it works.
| Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 21, 2008
It's simply tedious, butt-kicking, cliche-ridden, chop-schlocky action.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2008
One of the more entertaining movies we've seen in recent months.
Rob Gonsalves
April 20, 2008
Good low-calorie fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 20, 2008
A slapdash but amiable crossbreed of The Karate Kid and The Wizard of Oz, The Forbidden Kingdom functions as a martial arts cinema primer for American youth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008
Combines outrageously entertaining fight scenes with just enough of an ancient Chinese legend to keep us hooked
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 19, 2008
If you're an adolescent boy and kung fu flicks are your bag, this convoluted one is probably watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kevin A. Ranson
April 19, 2008
Cliché title, fun movie... a premium wire-fu fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Luke Y. Thompson
OC Weekly
April 18, 2008
Bloodless, but just make sure your young 'uns are past the stage of copying all the moves they see.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
April 18, 2008
All of this is packaged fairly entertainingly, and the action sequences are a marvel to behold, expertly combining physical stunts with computerized effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects
April 18, 2008
Every time I thought it was getting too serious for its own good, the film gives a wink and a nod to the audience to let them know that it still has a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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