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Tai Chi Hero Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2013
Stephen Fung's pop-up graphics and jazzy fight scenes feel part of an unwieldy mix in which the director just throws whatever half-baked conceits up on the screen he feels like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
This sequel is sluggish and rote where its predecessor was aggressively perky and desperate to please.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
April 25, 2013
Purist fans of martial arts cinema probably won't embrace this film any more than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
April 25, 2013
"Tai Chi Hero" merely fills the eye, offering little that stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013
There's less of the hyperventilated genre-pinging (video games, manga, comic books) from the first film. But there's still a nagging, cartoonish emptiness ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
April 26, 2013
While Fung's attempts to err on the side of seriousness in this one after the stylized video-game high jinks of its predecessor are clearly purposeful, they don't necessarily make for a more pleasurable viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Sawin
June 30, 2013
Surprisingly heartbreaking at times, Tai Chi Hero adds some much needed depth to an already well-established and vividly distinguishable action franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Edmund Lee
Screen International
March 30, 2016
The second installment of Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung's steampunk martial arts trilogy shows an encouraging restraint in its stylistic approach and finds a much sharper focus on its storytelling.
Jason Anderson
The Grid
April 26, 2013
Like its predecessor, Tai Chi Hero is continually hampered by its thin characters and badly convoluted narrative but at least this time there are more opportunities to savour the many oddball pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jay Stone
April 26, 2013
Tai Chi Hero is a kung fu mashup, sticking steam-powered airplanes made of Victorian-age gewgaws and metal gears into one of those martial arts films where people float through the air without benefit of any flying machines at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
April 26, 2013
The second installment in a planned martial-arts trilogy mixes broad comedy and cartoonish action that will appeal to the genre's fans, though crossover potential seems limited.
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