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Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
April 4, 2011
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 26, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Ebert & Roeper
July 16, 2001
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2001
Whack! Thworp! Crack! Sometimes, it's fun to sit back and enjoy the spectacle of bad guys getting their heads beaten in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2001
Li jumps into a series of martial arts sequences of flying fists and balletic moves that truly reinvigorate a genre that has gone stale even in Asia.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2001
The characters in Kiss of the Dragon are more cardboard than usual for an action movie.
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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
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
July 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon does have a sense of its own absurdity, but that doesn't prevent it from cloaking the inherently comic kung-fu genre in a seriousness so solemn that it could be French.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 6, 2001
Practical, resourceful and unfussy. That's Jet Li, the Martha Stewart of martial arts mayhem.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
July 6, 2001
Fights are too few, interspersed with one of the longest, drowsiest stories ever to glue an action flick together.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2001
It will separate hard-core Jet Li followers from the fair-weather fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 6, 2001
[Jet Li] isn't dubbed in Kiss of the Dragon, but he's so removed from the proceedings that he might as well be.
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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.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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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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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
July 6, 2001
The Hollywood action genre, sliding into a lazy dependence on computer-generated fakery, needs this authentic kick to the head delivered by Jet Li.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 6, 2001
While the stunts are subdued, the gore, carnage and brutality are as over the top as Karyo's performance and role.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 6, 2001
Conventional in all but the odd detail, such as that death-by-chopsticks bit, Kiss of the Dragon is an appallingly violent and bloody study of the predictable.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 6, 2001
Well-choreographed action set pieces.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2001
I like the movie on a simple physical level. There is no deeper meaning and no higher skill involved; just professional action, well-staged and filmed with a certain stylistic elegance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 6, 2001
Like a merely semi-dishonest politician, like an only slightly overweight cop, the picture is a half-decent example of its kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
July 6, 2001
What goes on when Li isn't fighting the bad guys isn't worth discussing; it's that stupid. But it will erase any lingering doubts about why Li has catapulted so high so soon.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 2001
Doesn't add anything new to the stranger-in-a -strange-land action genre, but, like Li's intrepid hero, it gets the job done.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 5, 2001
Mr. Li will come out of Kiss of the Dragon smelling like a rose; the combat couldn't be better. But next time around, he should leave the script to more capable hands.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
July 5, 2001
You, the average taxpaying citizen, need to see this movie like Bill Gates needs to win the lottery.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2001
A hard-core action film for hard-core action junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
July 5, 2001
Too choppy to develop emotional resonance.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 5, 2001
Seeing this movie won't get you into MIT, but it's passable fun and all wrapped up in 95 minutes -- a mere smooch compared to a lot of movies these days.
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 5, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon has little of the balletic grace of better martial-arts flicks and none of the thoughtful restraint of these forms of combat.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 5, 2001
If you dig this kind of movie, you're gonna love it. It's smartly edited, with sometimes breathtaking carnage.
| Original Score: B-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
July 3, 2001
[Fonda's] histrionic little-girl-lost performance is downright Jovovichian -- and as in Romeo Must Die, the leads barely touch.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2001
This is all grimy, guy on guy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B