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The One Reviews

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 3, 2001
This sci-fi/martial arts hybrid has the stale aura of a product assembled out of bits of other action movies.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 3, 2001
Just another martial arts movie, and one that's painfully short on imagination, as well as lacking in humour.
| Original Score: 56/100
Annette Cardwell
Filmcritic.com
November 2, 2001
The One's script is just awful -- from premise to storyline to dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 2, 2001
The One is one vacuous hole of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2001
Li speaks and acts entirely too much here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 2, 2001
The sight of Li battling Li isn't nearly as exciting as it should be.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
I guess you would call this a twin Jet movie. That doesn't quite take off.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
A chaotic kung fu, sci-fi, rama-lama-dingdong on themes handled more originally by The Matrix.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 2, 2001
Fans of The Matrix will hold their noses, as will those who put down sparring Arnold Schwarzeneggers in The 6th Day (now looking better).
November 2, 2001
Not a video game, but an incredible simulation of one trying to pass itself off as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 2, 2001
It's the kind of movie ... where the hero is cheered not for the grace of his moves but for the number of rounds of ammo he can spray and the punches he can land.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
November 2, 2001
It's The Matrix's less-refined cousin, the one that didn't pay full attention in cool school.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
November 2, 2001
A disappointing and less than involving affair that feels like nothing more than a rock 'em, sock 'em video game.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2001
Don't worry about Jet Li. He can take care of himself. His latest American movie, however, needs triage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 2, 2001
The moviemakers left the story line open for a sequel, but in this case, let's hope once is enough.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 2, 2001
With a plot constructed more like a video game than a drama, there's hardly any room for character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
November 2, 2001
As was the case in Romeo Must Die, all the CG bells and whistles detract from Li's martial arts skills.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
November 2, 2001
Although Li is a pleasure to watch and a few scenes stand out, it's disappointing to see him watered down with cheap spectacle.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
November 2, 2001
Li ends up spending most of the film fighting himself, which is no thrill at all because it is obviously a special effects gimmick that wears thin very quickly.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 2, 2001
Heavy on testosterone but short on common sense.
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