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The One Reviews

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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.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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James Berardinelli
November 1, 2001
Bad action, worse drama, and excruciating science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ted Murphy
December 21, 2001
Instead of thrilling audiences, The One disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 23, 2001
Coming so swiftly on the heels of Li's rousing Kiss of the Dragon, One is a disappointing step backward for the martial arts star into lackluster genre gimmickry.
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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
November 16, 2001
Too serious about itself and its silly concept, and it offers nothing beyond the fight sequences we've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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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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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
You should know you're in trouble when you steal ideas from Highlander.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 31, 2001
Eighty minutes of dreck for seven snappy minutes of Jet Li going mano-a-mano with himself? I want more.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
October 31, 2001
Jet Li may be an original, but little in "The One" is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Li kicks a good amount of ass in the film, but he's certainly no Oscar contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 31, 2009
Bullets fly, lights flash, action occurs, time goes by, but nothing actually happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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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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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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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
November 2, 2001
Joshua Tyler
August 12, 2002
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 7, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Robert Koehler
December 24, 2008
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Boxoffice Magazine
November 11, 2001
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 21, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Barbara Ellen
Times (UK)
November 7, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
November 9, 2001
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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 3, 2001
April 16, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 19, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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