Kiss of the Dragon Reviews

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August 12, 2002
September 24, 2001
A supremely satisfying blend of Hong Kong mayhem and Gallic flair that can only bolster Li's escalating reputation.
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.
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.
July 6, 2001
The characters in Kiss of the Dragon are more cardboard than usual for an action movie.
July 6, 2001
Kiss of the Dragon offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.
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.
July 6, 2001
Practical, resourceful and unfussy. That's Jet Li, the Martha Stewart of martial arts mayhem.
July 6, 2001
Fights are too few, interspersed with one of the longest, drowsiest stories ever to glue an action flick together.
July 6, 2001
It will separate hard-core Jet Li followers from the fair-weather fans.
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.
July 6, 2001
Despite his awesome brawling ability, Li has yet to demonstrate a persona that will make him worth watching in between fights.
July 6, 2001
And in the end, you still wish there were a story somewhere worthy of Li's dynamism and elegance.
July 6, 2001
The only thing this film seems to be advertising is mindless idiocy.
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.
July 6, 2001
While the stunts are subdued, the gore, carnage and brutality are as over the top as Karyo's performance and role.
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.
July 6, 2001
Well-choreographed action set pieces.
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.
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.
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