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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
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 14, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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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
August 31, 2011
"Shaolin" compares favorably with the biggest blockbuster Hollywood has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
February 3, 2011
Well-mounted Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts co-production Shaolin elevates enlightenment above brute strength, but weak helming undercuts the pic's punch.
January 28, 2011
A bloody tale of redemption, with a credibility gap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 27, 2011
An expansive, energetic, big-budget martial arts action film that encompasses combat, explosions and moments of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2011
Despite out of place comic relief from Jackie Chan, this deftly weaves history and politics, while boasting brilliant martial arts.
January 26, 2011
A thoroughly satisfying period action flick with heart and soul; a wholesome step on the path to cinematic enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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