Enter the Dragon

1973

Enter the Dragon

Critics Consensus

Badass to the max, Enter the Dragon is the ultimate kung-fu movie and fitting (if untimely) Bruce Lee swan song.

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Total Count: 46

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One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles. Essential viewing for martial arts fans, the film was also embraced by a larger audience, thanks to a fast pace and higher-than-usual production values. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Enter the Dragon

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

  • A whoop-and-holler entertainment, which is to say that it's a lavish, corny action movie, not boring for a second and as outrageously wry as it is visually appealing.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Enter the Dragon is the first classy Kung Fu movie specially designed for Western audiences, and that's not to be confused with first-class.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The only real disappointment about Enter the Dragon is that it is Bruce Lee's last movie.

    Aug 24, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • If kung fu is now the standard badass language, Enter the Dragon -- featuring Lee's great slow-burn stare -- is the first grammar lesson.

    Aug 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Rising popularity of the Chinese martial arts as screen entertainment climaxes in fine crescendo in this violence-drenched actioner.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Ripping entertainment overall, with just enough meat for amateur sociologists.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Enter the Dragon

  • Oct 14, 2016
    The quintessential Kung-Fu action flick that made Bruce Lee an international star. Despite being a tad dated, this is still a fantastic action movie through and through. It's well-directed, the music by Lalo Schifrin is great, and the action is fast and well-choreographed. All three of the main leads are also great (Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly).
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2016
    Bruce Lee's final film and one of his finest. Enter the Dragon has brilliant fighting sequences and beautiful Asian set design, but the addition of blaxploitation was not the wisest idea, which ruined the mood.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2014
    As far as uncompromising entertainment goes, Enter the Dragon is as good as it gets, offering 100 straight minutes of sheer fun.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2012
    "Enter the Dragon" has a reputation that has gotten better with age and it works as an excellent time-passer. It's expectedly cheesy and underacted, but has a great premise, memorable fight sequences and a nice funky score. Even if it isn't as memorable as many seem to think, "Enter the Dragon" is good entertainment and it never gets dull. Bruce Lee can't act worth a lick, but he can fight like nobody's business.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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