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Tai Chi Zero Reviews

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 18, 2012
Essentially a live-action anime, it sweats rivulets of Tarantino-era digital anxiety from all pores-every kick, punch, pan, and zoom exaggerated for maximum impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
September 27, 2012
It feels less like a film and more like a teaser with an abundance of incidental pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 27, 2012
On the whole, although this is beautifully made, like all these films are or most of them are, very spectacular and elaborate, I'm a bit bored with this sort of film, I must say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 27, 2012
None of this is as enchanting as it wants to be -- despite Fung's energetic mixing of styles and references.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
For all its playfulness and cameo one-shots ("Lung Siu-lung, '70s kung fu superstar"!), Fung's film represents a thundering dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 18, 2012
Exhausting to watch, Tai Chi Zero is all flash and little substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Matt Singer
Time Out
October 16, 2012
If director Stephen Fung's frenetic visual style is the Red Bull in this cinematic cocktail, then the dozy plotting is the vodka-leaving you feeling momentarily excited but ultimately narcotized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
October 27, 2012
It's meant either to aggressively defy convention or to distract moviegoers from a story that is pedestrian and predictable.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 18, 2012
Hyped as a steampunk kung fu movie that revolutionizes the genre, Tai Chi Zero spends most of its time spinning its wheels.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 18, 2012
Splashy but ultimately an empty bauble...By the halfway point you'll likely be more exhausted than exhilarated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 18, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Lavishes much care on the scenario, but the nonstop CGI could be a drawback for purists.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
January 11, 2013
Sort of a kung-fu film through a 'Scott Pilgrim' lens, it is a slight but stylistic romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012
A love triangle and some Steampunk machinery add interest, and Fung's spunky inventiveness makes this worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Razak
Flixist.com
October 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 68/100
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/10
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