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Shaolin Reviews

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December 29, 2011
One of those films that impresses you, even though it fails to set itself apart from other films in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 2, 2011
Ambitiously staged set pieces fall victim to portentous technique, creating an ultimately irreconcilable chasm between how much one wants to like this movie and how much they actually do.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 16, 2011
Jackie Chan brings some warm energy to his supporting role -- a rarity for this big star -- and turns in a delightfully self-effacing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
Frequently gripping and featuring a surprisingly spry supporting turn by Jackie Chan, it's a sturdy if unremarkable effort.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
Shaolin is simultaneously regal and stilted, stirring and sluggish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
Large-scale melodrama is short on action and long on histrionics.
September 9, 2011
An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 9, 2011
This rousing Shaolin is notable for the compassionate Buddhist philosophy that underpins what otherwise might have been just another Hong Kong period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
"Shaolin" fits in the more somber kung-fu tradition. But it also finds room for the genre's comic strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
The epic feel to this Hong Kong action-drama helps balance a lack of hand-to-hand combat scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 9, 2011
More action, less talk should be the order of the day, but it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 8, 2011
Shaolin features a half-dozen impressive action set pieces, including an elaborate carriage chase and a battle inside the cages where Cao imprisons his workers.
September 8, 2011
The kung fu itself is great fun to watch, from the discipline of balancing on one foot on a wooden pillar, the other in the air, for hours at a time to the confrontations that send fist and feet flying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 8, 2011
This is not a subtle film, and certainly not a great one, but it's made with bubbling brio and it's spectacular to look at. It's action filmmaking of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2011
Fists fly furiously and much blood is spilled; there's a sacrifice via sword that's both cringe-inducing and cheerworthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2011
This crude, overlong chunk of kung-fu kitsch lays its scene in a 1920s Republican China, torn by internecine fighting and weighed down by drably expensive production design.
September 4, 2011
Benny Chan's kung-fu film Shaolin both benefits from and is ultimately defeated by its own epic ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2011
"Shaolin" compares favorably with the biggest blockbuster Hollywood has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 14, 2011
A well-mounted but soft-edged reinterpretation of a martial arts classic that gives precedence to drama over action.
February 4, 2011
With its mix of high octane martial arts and Eastern spirituality, Shaolin succeeds as a stirring anti-violence action epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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