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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
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
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
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
Prairie Miller
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.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 28, 2008
Think of it as a kung fu fairy tale almost anyone can appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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
Steve Biodrowski
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.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
Fueled by Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this enjoyable romp has plenty of kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
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
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
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.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
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.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
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
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
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