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Tai Chi Zero Reviews

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Mike Scott

Sort of a kung-fu film through a 'Scott Pilgrim' lens, it is a slight but stylistic romp.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Lavishes much care on the scenario, but the nonstop CGI could be a drawback for purists.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 13, 2012
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

A love triangle and some Steampunk machinery add interest, and Fung's spunky inventiveness makes this worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
Matthew Razak

The true gist is a kung fu movie for the modern age: jam packed full of the hyper kinetic stimuli of an ADHD generation.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 68/100

October 22, 2012
Chris Sawin

Tai Chi Zero is constantly evolving and changing as a film. It's as if it completely redefines what a dynamic martial arts film can and should be.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8.5/10

October 19, 2012
Beth Accomando

And although disappointed by this first part of the trilogy, there was enough to hold my interest to make me at least willing to give part 2 a chance.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

October 19, 2012
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An energetic martial-arts romp with a stylish steampunk twist, Tai Chi 0 assaults the viewer with frenetic fight scenes, audacious video-game-inspired graphics, and nearly enough goofball humor to have it qualify as a comedy.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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"Tai Chi Zero" is loads of fun to watch, especially a battle in which watermelons, bananas and other fruits and veggies serve as flying weapons.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A martial-arts adventure with more video-game and comic-book DNA than the traditional kung fu flick, "Tai Chi Zero" is good, if empty-headed, fun.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 19, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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"Zero" is the first part of a trilogy. Part two, titled "Tai Chi Hero," is due in January. The legend is off to a promising start.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Fung is enjoying himself so much that he doesn't want the movie to end - and his delight is infectious.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 18, 2012
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Tai Chi Zero, the first film in a planned trilogy, will leave hard-core fight enthusiasts wanting. But it's a droll, pleasant diversion all the same.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2012
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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Fast and mostly fun, the movie also seems compulsively too much, throwing everything it can think of at you, lest it fail to entertain.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

The cross-cultural, steampunk, martial arts/comic-book Sino-Anglo mash-up...[is]visually entertaining. But...its considerable charms may prove exhausting before its relatively brief, 95-minute run time is over.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
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Give some points to a genre flick whose style mash-up reflects uneasy relations between Asia and the West just as its fracas-intensive plot tries to dramatize them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 16, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club

The story's fundamentals are solid, and the battles between this village of kung fu experts and an army of 19th century technophiles are so good that the inevitable sequel (already in the works) will be welcome.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: b

September 27, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

There is fun to be had with this, it's quirky, self-referential, there's a knowing humour throughout. Not to be taken too seriously although the characters are apparently based on historical figures.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 27, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

It's meant either to aggressively defy convention or to distract moviegoers from a story that is pedestrian and predictable.

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October 27, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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"Tai Chi Zero" is often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Exhausting to watch, Tai Chi Zero is all flash and little substance.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2012
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