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Shaolin Soccer Reviews

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November 14, 2004
Not the classic it claims to be.
| Original Score: 31/100
June 20, 2005
A hard chestnut to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 9, 2003
Comedy, even that of the low-brow variety, is not served well with an exaggerated version of Jim Carrey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2003
Chow delivers his own lines fairly well, but the overall effect is like a sputtering engine that's not firing on all cylinders. And the new edit doesn't solve the main problem with the original film.
July 19, 2003
There's no question Chow is talented. But this just isn't the vehicle that will make him an international star.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 2, 2004
Overall, the cartoonish hijinks are unrestrained and frankly juvenile; whether that's praise or criticism is a matter of personal taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 6, 2004
Sometimes it's so goofy you want to slap it for foisting so many dud slapstick gags. And sometimes it's so intentionally goofy you have to laugh.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2004
Over-the-top mugging defines the story of a ragtag soccer team that uses Shaolin kung fu to vanquish its foes on the field.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 25, 2004
Over the top is a tricky thing to pull off effectively. But when it is done as delightfully as it has been done in Shaolin Soccer, you just have to sit back and take in the eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
It is piffle, yes, but superior piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2003
As long as your expectations are focused in the right direction, it's a sure bet that you'll have a good time watching this infectiously entertaining comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
A very traditional underdog sports team story told in a delightfully untraditional style, with whimsy, fantasy, and heart.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 28, 2010
Untraditional underdog sports team story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2004
This kind of boorish treatment is usually worthy of scorn, disrespectful of both the artist and the audience, but with a fizzy soccer comedy, the moves seem inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2004
It's a lot of fun.
August 19, 2004
A movie that rises to dizzying heights of silliness before soaring into the silly stratosphere, Shaolin Soccer is pure fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
No doubt there are sports pedants who will find themselves echoing the sentiments of one exasperated opponent as he exclaims "Please don't play like this! I really want to play soccer!" -- but everyone else will be too busy grinning...to care very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 2, 2005
A blitzkrieg of hilarious kung fu craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 3, 2008
It so deliriously riffs on everything from The Bad News Bears and Jurassic Park to super heroes and break dancing that it's hard not to get caught up in the goofy fun.
May 5, 2009
Kung Fu and sports movies collide in writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's devilishly entertaining Honk Kong action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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