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The Medallion Reviews

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 27, 2003
Repeatedly falls back on poorly staged, choppily edited (and gunplay-heavy) fight scenes between Chan and a gloomy, power-mad villain.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 27, 2003
Makes you long for Tucker -- and for Jackie Chan to fly without digital wings.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
August 26, 2003
This outing, Jackie doesn't bring much humor or personality to his role.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
August 23, 2003
If writers think that they have to give Jackie Chan superpowers and special effects in order for him to do amazing things, they clearly have no idea who they're writing for.
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Matt Bonesteel
Washington Post
August 22, 2003
Chan's normally homegrown stuntwork is replaced by a lot of wire fighting and special effects.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 22, 2003
So cheesy and cheap that it almost attains high camp.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 22, 2003
This H.K./U.S. co-production at times plays as if it were aimed at children, but more often simply seems to be aiming blind at whatever genre cliche the five credited writers fix upon in any given scene.
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USA Today
August 22, 2003
A good-natured and amusing spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 22, 2003
Nine year-olds of all ages ought to be delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
August 22, 2003
As special effects reveal how super Eddie Yang is, they also reveal how ordinary Jackie Chan has become.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 22, 2003
The best of Jackie Chan's American movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 22, 2003
As cartoonish as live action gets.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2003
Jackie Chan fans have, of late, been reduced to panning for gold nuggets in the increasingly muddy river that has been his post-Hong Kong Hollywood career. The Medallion, his latest, is just that -- a lot more mud than gold.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
August 22, 2003
A B-movie worthy of the term.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2003
A pretty bottom- of-the-barrel affair.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 22, 2003
Beware of Jackie Chan movies featuring the transformational powers of tuxedoes or medallions.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
August 22, 2003
The Medallion exposes Jackie Chan as a shrunken master.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 22, 2003
Unlike Chan's better action-comedies, such as Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, this one is undercut by off-key humor.
| Original Score: C-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 22, 2003
Casting Jackie Chan in The Medallion makes about as much sense as sticking Pamela Lee Anderson in a radio play -- it's just such a waste of your star's principal assets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 22, 2003
A typically loose and mindless Hong Kong vehicle.
| Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 22, 2003
Though it's far from the worst Chan movie ever made, you still might be advised to wait for it on video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 22, 2003
Cull your backlogged e-mail, catch up on magazines, suss out the employee payroll, but take something with you to the theater -- it would be a shame to waste 1 1/2 hours of your life actually watching the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2003
A disposable entertainment, redeemed by silliness, exaggeration, and Chan's skill and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 22, 2003
Chan's career probably won't require any magic restoration after The Medallion, but this late-summer concoction lacks sufficient kick to please Chan's most ardent fans.
| Original Score: C
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 22, 2003
The big problem with The Medallion's premise is that Jackie Chan doesn't need super powers -- he already has them.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 21, 2003
[Sammo Hung] has given Mr. Chan a couple of virtuoso sequences, beautifully framed and edited, showing that at 50 Mr. Chan can still fly through the air with the best of them.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 21, 2003
A high-spirited action comedy treat for [Chan's] 12-and-under fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2003
A pleasure for Chan fans.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 21, 2003
A slight, lackluster and downright boring mess that suggests the aging action star's glory days may be behind him.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 21, 2003
It's finally happened -- Jackie Chan has turned into a full-fledged cartoon character.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 21, 2003
As the Chan subgenre goes, Medallion is threadbare stuff, providing just enough kicking and screaming to make it watchable on a Saturday night.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 21, 2003
Chan has resorted to the use of two things I thought I'd never see in association with him: CGI and a stunt-man. And those elements are all that's needed to make this movie seem like every other low-budget, run-of -the-mill action film out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2003
More gimmick than actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2003
Sadly, The Medallion has the feel of an all-too-ordinary straight-to-DVD B-movie.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 18, 2003
It's just too dopey for me to recommend.