Kiss of the Dragon - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2001
Despite his awesome brawling ability, Li has yet to demonstrate a persona that will make him worth watching in between fights.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Jet Li film is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
July 16, 2001
This movie needed something to give it a fresh spin.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2001
One of the all-out worst films of the year.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
July 5, 2001
Overproduced action movies aimed at the lowest common denominator simply cannot get any more trite or insultingly hackneyed than Kiss of the Dragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 11, 2002
...has no other claims to fame than its filling up ninety-eight minutes of screen time with plenty of Jet Li and a pile of kicking, punching, and shooting.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 6, 2001
The only thing this film seems to be advertising is mindless idiocy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
July 6, 2001
And in the end, you still wish there were a story somewhere worthy of Li's dynamism and elegance.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 5, 2001
Too choppy to develop emotional resonance.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
We are coaxed to rejoice in the name of vengeance.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Judy
Screen It!
July 6, 2001
Not horrible and certainly entertaining enough for what it's trying to be and enjoyable to some degree for those looking for this sort of action, this film is the equivalent of having a powerful engine hidden within some old and boring jalopy.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Alan Sissenwein
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Mckay
March 20, 2003
Poor Jet Li . . . he doesn't have the comedic timing of Jackie Chan, the looks or charm of Chow Yun Fat, and he certainly isn't the second coming of Bruce Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
July 16, 2001
Flounders in desperately overwrought dialogue and one of the most incomprehensible plots since 2000's 'Battlefield Earth.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
While Kiss of the Dragon remains a relatively fun little brain-dead punch-em-out worth a rental, it's forgettable at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
June 28, 2001
Not even the arch-villain gets to say anything resembling the kind of wit that we expect of bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 25, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
... pure action entertainment. It's not aiming for posterity or gold statues, and as such, it delivers on its modest promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 22, 2002
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 14, 2002
Brill Bundy
February 25, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Jason Anderson
August 2, 2001
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
November 9, 2001
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 10, 2002
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Joe Leydon
August 26, 2008
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Lisa Nesselson
April 4, 2011
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