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Shaolin Soccer Reviews

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Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
November 14, 2004
Not the classic it claims to be.
| Original Score: 31/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 20, 2005
A hard chestnut to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
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.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
July 19, 2003
There's no question Chow is talented. But this just isn't the vehicle that will make him an international star.
| 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
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
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
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
It is piffle, yes, but superior piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 23, 2004
A very traditional underdog sports team story told in a delightfully untraditional style, with whimsy, fantasy, and heart.
| Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Untraditional underdog sports team story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 26, 2004
It's a lot of fun.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2004
A movie that rises to dizzying heights of silliness before soaring into the silly stratosphere, Shaolin Soccer is pure fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 2, 2005
A blitzkrieg of hilarious kung fu craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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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