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The Forbidden Kingdom Reviews

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Matt Stevens
E! Online
April 17, 2008
There's not much to get psyched about.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 13, 2008
Forbidden Kingdom serves up convoluted mythology with mild indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
April 16, 2008
Chan plays a drunk again and Li is a gay Hindu monkey king. See "Zombie Strippers" instead.
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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 17, 2008
Toto and Scarecrow were dropped from the project after demanding excessive residuals on the back end.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
April 17, 2008
The worst part of the martial-arts epic The Forbidden Kingdom [is] a moment near the halfway mark when there arrives a gag that involves Chan getting a face full of urine. This kingdom really should be forbidden.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kevin McCarthy
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
Brian Orndorf
April 8, 2008
Kingdom is a stiff, disturbingly ill-conceived fantasy film more consumed with playing slack-jawed fanboy than telling a compelling story worthy of these two giants.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 17, 2008
It's too bad that the film isn't actually about Jackie or Jet; rather, it's about a bland, annoying, white kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 16, 2008
This is the first collaboration between kung fu's Astaire and Kelly, and, as that, it disappoints.
Peter Sobczynski
April 17, 2008
Finally, the martial arts genre gets its own version of "City Heat."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
April 17, 2008
For their first co-headlining film, Jackie Chan and Jet Li have chosen a rote piece of chop-socky that's liable to please only their most devoted fans. And even them, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
April 18, 2008
The film tries to contain the best of two worlds - exaggerated, cartoonish comedy and disconcertingly brutal violence. Like Chan and Li, the two philosophies grind uncomfortably beside each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
April 17, 2008
Finally, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li--in a story about someone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Willie Waffle
April 17, 2008
I don't care how tough and talented Jet Li and Jackie Chan are they lost me at Monkey King.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
April 17, 2008
From The Lion King to the Monkey King director Rob Minkoff goes and along with him goes the reverse evolution of the American martial arts epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 17, 2008
You know you're in a fantasy movie when the central character has to traverse time in search of the 'Monkey King.' If only you were in a good movie.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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