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Shaolin Soccer Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2007
A spirited crowd-pleaser.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
You could call it a guilty pleasure, but that would suggest you feel bad about enjoying yourself.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2004
May be the funniest out-and-out comedy of the summer.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
August 6, 2004
As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
July 16, 2004
Shaolin Soccer is one of those unlikely combinations, like Vanilla Coke or Christian rock, that fits so well, you're left wondering why no one thought of it before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2004
Catnip to those familiar with the conventions of Hong Kong martial arts movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 9, 2004
A very funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 28, 2004
A complete pleasure.
| Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 28, 2004
Has heart and a freewheeling spirit that makes you smile at the same time you're calling it the stupidest thing you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
May 6, 2004
A quirky, lighthearted and pleasantly goofy Hong Kong comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 29, 2004
It's genial goofiness can keep you smiling for 87 minutes.
| Original Score: B+
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 27, 2004
As always, Chow shows himself an acute parodist of other genres while adding his own cherry on the top.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 26, 2004
It's a lot of fun.
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
April 23, 2004
Not an earth-shattering achievement, but not something to miss if you haven't yet met Stephen Chow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
A hoot from beginning to end.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
Shaolin Soccer really loves what it mocks, after all, and that grandly goofy affection -- nay, joy -- for all things chop socky is purely, utterly contagious.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2004
While Shaolin Soccer may not wow Western audiences the way it did Asian ones, you should get more than a few kicks out of it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 8, 2004
One of the silliest, sweetest and most fun family films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 2, 2004
It's the sort of movie that leaves you smiling like an idiot.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2004
A delightful blend of comedy, kung fu, soccer and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 2, 2004
With no inhibitions about whom or where he borrows from, Chow makes us complicit in his stylistic shoplifting. The result is the definition of guilty pleasure.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 2, 2004
A lunatic whirl of a film that will leave audiences as giddy and punch drunk as the Shaolin team's opponents.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 2, 2004
If brainless, predictable fun will do, check out Shaolin Soccer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 1, 2004
Shaolin Soccer's infectious style has a way of lifting spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2004
An infectious knockabout kung fu comedy with amusing special effects combined with breathtaking stunts.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 1, 2004
This kung-fu comedy is so unabashed in its cheesiness that it could be spread on crackers; it may spike your cholesterol levels.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2004
The movie has a rambunctious and likable energy that compensates for its unsteady, only intermittently amusing narrative.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2004
The likable no-brainer is half buoyant goof, half groaner, and all Chow.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ed Park
Village Voice
March 30, 2004
Crammed with wild action, obvious but well-mounted gags, and playful effects, the film is refreshingly silly.
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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
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Andrew Sun
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2001
The movie has something for any Hong Kong cinephile.