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Shaolin Reviews

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
July 14, 2011
A well-mounted but soft-edged reinterpretation of a martial arts classic that gives precedence to drama over action.
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Russell Edwards
Variety
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.