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Kung Fu Hustle Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 21, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle is inventive, wild and completely pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 24, 2005
About the only thing missing is a good dose of fart jokes, but then this movie stinks enough without them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 11, 2005
I've never been a big fan of that over the top slapstick stuff.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Keeps the gags flying almost as rapidly as the fists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
April 12, 2005
While it needs emotional coherence and better timing, it offers manic, madcap, wacky, over-the-top kung-fu justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2005
Though I applaud kung-foolery and find Chow nimbly hilarious, Kung Fu Hustle's shotgun marriage of slapstick and brutality is unnerving in the make-'em-laugh, make-'em-gag manner of Quentin Tarantino.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 7, 2005
"Hustle" attempts to bring a different style to the forefront of popular cinema but fails to be more than a shoddy mischaracterization of the Asian culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
May 2, 2005
An enjoyable but lightweight kung fu movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
A slaphappy cartoon in any language...Thaaaat's all, folks.
Harvey S. Karten
March 29, 2005
Derivative, repetitive, and over the top to the point of weariness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
April 21, 2005
...has a nasty streak that is at odds with the otherwise genial mood Chow creates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
November 28, 2004
Those looking for martial arts magic here will find they've been hustled, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Elley
February 18, 2005
A chop-socky on f/x steroids that's devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 8, 2005
With its mélange of influences, Kung Fu Hustle is everything, and with its lack of emotional coherence, it's nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 14, 2005
As an exercise in craftsmanship it's certainly a success, but in the end it offers lots of sound and fury but not a great deal else.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 14, 2005
The truth is that I haven't seen nearly enough unimaginative martial-arts movies to respond to Mr. Chow's bizarre flights of fancy.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 22, 2005
But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 23, 2005
An entertaining cartoon, but if there is anything more to it than that, it gets lost in translation
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sam Ho
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
The best time you'll have at the movies all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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