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Tai Chi Zero Reviews

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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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 19, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 19, 2012
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 | 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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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
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October 18, 2012
Fung is enjoying himself so much that he doesn't want the movie to end - and his delight is infectious.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
October 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
October 16, 2012
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.
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: b