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The One Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 2, 2001
A martial-arts flick that transcends its genre with surprisingly strong sci-fi concepts.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2001
[Wong] drains the artistry from the martial arts, shooting the aerial work without the requisite grace, and adding a plebian array of not-so-special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 2, 2001
It rarely lets [Li] cut loose with his impressive martial artistry.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 2, 2001
A live-action video game gussied up with bad, Matrix-style bullet-time photo tricks and what must be a record amount of just plain bullets released in a PG-13-rated film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2001
Offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2001
A dimwitted parallel-universe slugfest that sets a new low for a Hollywood martial arts extravaganza built around a major star.
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
November 2, 2001
The One should have used its brain, not its brawn.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 2, 2001
"The One" is pure pulp junk and Wong embraces it as such, rushing through the mundane details of establishing characters and defining motivation to leap into action...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 2, 2001
Even by the grunting and grimacing standards of comic-book action films, the performances in The One are undernourished.
| Original Score: 1.5/5

E! Online
November 2, 2001
It's lazy, makes plenty of mistakes and doesn't always live up to its potential.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 2, 2001
The film's very short running time minimizes the audience's pain. A little of this movie goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
November 2, 2001
If popcorn-picture auteur John Carpenter made martial arts flicks, they'd be just like "The One" -- an unabashedly cheesy, B-grade sci-fi amusement park ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 1, 2001
A joyless affair -- neck-snapping violence, endless blather trying to explain the 'science' behind what is happening and guns, guns and more guns.
Dave White
IFilm
November 1, 2001
The action is fun and ultraviolent, the story is satisfactorily ridiculous and the acting is nonexistent.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 1, 2001
A blast of first-rate entertainment.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2001
For a while, it seemed Jet Li could be the next Mel Gibson, but instead, he's becoming the next Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
November 1, 2001
When one actor plays both hero and villain, the viewer knows that what is being shown is not an authentic dance.
Brian McTavish
Kansas City Star
November 1, 2001
Confusing plot holes, cut-out characters and cretinous dialogue undercut the visual feast.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 1, 2001
Fans of Li's Hong Kong films may just be embarrassed; how can you mount a defense for an actor this bad in two roles?
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2001
A dim-witted, dim-watted martial-arts actioner.
| Original Score: 1/4
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