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Kung Fu Hustle Reviews

November 1, 2007
So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.
May 12, 2006
Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.
September 26, 2005
A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.
May 20, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle.
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.
April 22, 2005
Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
With Hustle's release on 2,000 U.S. screens this week, Americans get to see what's so funny about Chow. The laugh's on them for not noticing him before.
April 22, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle is destined to be the next Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- a subtitled movie for people who don't do subtitles.
April 22, 2005
Broad, low farces with little story and stuffed with epic fights built on plainly impossible, plainly faked gags, they're still a stitch.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2005
...the knockdown hilarity of it all made me wonder where this subgenre of martial-arts action flick might be heading. A lot of it is riotously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
The latest film from Hong Kong's reigning comic star and director, Stephen Chow ... is a celebration of Hong Kong action cinema that mocks gravity, both emotional and physical.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
So filled with crazy energy that it seems to leap off the screen, Kung Fu Hustle is the most wildly inventive, purely entertaining and cuckoo-cool flick to hit movie houses this year...
Read More | Original Score: A
April 22, 2005
Ridiculous? Nah. Kung Fu Hustle is sublime entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 22, 2005
Like a meal prepared by an extreme chef, 'Hustle is more than a bit of a mess. It still tastes like nothing you've ever had before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle isn't much more than a series of embellishments, but when you're talking about a movie that puts this much cartoon crunch into its violence, it may not matter.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 22, 2005
It would seem all but impossible not to have a good time watching Kung Fu Hustle...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
For all its excitement Kung Fu Hustle is mostly a marvel of comedic ingenuity and mile-a-minute creativity run wild. You've never seen anything like it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2005
Lingering on such details is a new development for Chow, recalling the style of another aspirant to global pop cinema, Sergio Leone. Given all the hyperbolic kung fu, it's easy to overlook such quietly observant grace notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
If you're not entertained, it's time to get off the decaf.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 21, 2005
A lively, visual treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
When I saw it at Sundance, I wrote that it was 'like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny.' You see how worked up you can get, watching a movie like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle will not only please martial-arts fans, it's witty and energetic enough to engage those who usually ignore such choreographed Asian dust-ups.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 21, 2005
Chow has created a hyper-animate fantasy world that honors kung fu movies as it satirizes them, and the similarities between it and a cartoon are entirely intentional.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2005
Hatchet fu, shotgun fu, flowerpot fu, harp fu, cobra fu, disco fu, Zen fu, Kubrick fu, Road Runner fu, geezer fu, bullfrog fu. Kung Fu Hustle features every type of fu except déjà fu.
April 21, 2005
Hilarious, thrilling, toon-like martial arts flick that's an absolute joy to watch.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 21, 2005
A full-on-the-mouth, sloppy-wet kiss to Hong Kong martial arts movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 15, 2005
Thumbing its nose at gravity, deflating Zen solemnity, embracing big-top artifice with childish glee, Kung Fu Hustle zings you with some of the most unfettered slapstick ever put on film.
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.
April 11, 2005
I've never been a big fan of that over the top slapstick stuff.
April 9, 2005
Listen, it's a fun movie. I should probably shut up and let you enjoy it.
April 8, 2005
The imagination lies not in the film's fight choreography, but in the way it mines Hollywood clichés for off-kilter comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2005
Kung Fu Hustle is an absolute hoot.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2005
With its mélange of influences, Kung Fu Hustle is everything, and with its lack of emotional coherence, it's nothing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2005
A lively, action-packed and witty piece of globalist entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 7, 2005
Stephen Chow's kinetic, exhausting, relentlessly entertaining film throws scraps of a half-century of international pop culture into a fast-whirling blender.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 7, 2005
If the plot elements seem like a duck soup of every Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan picture ever conceived, they are lifted into a whole other stratosphere of ingenuity by Chow and his design team's indefatigable visual imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 6, 2005
An almost exhaustingly inventive action comedy that uses every available trick.
April 6, 2005
Chow, perhaps the first action star and filmmaker to be as influenced by classic cartoons as by the karate-chop balletics of human movement, directs like a gonzo fusion of Tarantino and Tex Avery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 5, 2005
Viewers will discover that the film has something to offer nearly everyone, whether they are a novice or a black belt in kung fu cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2005
A kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie.
March 31, 2005
Does the plot spin out of control? You bet. But dumb fun this smart is a gift.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 18, 2005
A chop-socky on f/x steroids that's devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.
October 21, 2004
With a delirious mix of the sublime and the silly, Hong Kong comedy king Stephen Chow Sing-chi has taken the kung fu comedy genre to new heights of chop-socky hilarity.