The Last Dragon Reviews

December 6, 2019
...has been saddled with an often egregiously over-the-top feel that slowly-but-surely invalidates its few positive elements.
November 5, 2019
a tantalizing glimpse at how things were supposed to go. It's the truth.
December 21, 2018
The charm of The Last Dragon, and key to its lasting potency as a cult object, is how it approaches a conversation about race with humor, even kindness. Its self-deprecation forgives a multitude of sins.
December 21, 2018
Taimak and Vanity come to the screen with a great deal of presence and likeability. Schultz brings energy and style to both the fight scenes and the musical moments, mostly staying out of their way and avoiding fast cutting and clunky choreography.
December 12, 2018
Michael Schultz tries hard but can't quite manage to tie the varied elements of action, romance, comedy and musical video together, though as entertainment, this is engaging enough.
December 12, 2018
An enjoyable pastiche of martial arts, romance, music, and video.
December 12, 2018
There aren't many surprises, but the momentum never lets up.
December 12, 2018
The Last Dragon is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and a very sweet one at that, and that's why its martial-arts combat scenes work so well. We've been given enough time to care about who's kicking the stuffing out of whom.
April 28, 2018
It's slick Motown stuff, shrewdly kept on a brightly colored comic strip level, so that its silly plot and wild swings between dancing feet and flying fists don't seem to matter as much as the attractiveness of the two leads.
January 4, 2018
An intoxicating blend of comedy, kung fu, corny romance, special effects and rock videos, it's as electrically sleepless as the New York it's set against.
August 6, 2015
Say what you want about it, but I still love it.
April 9, 2015
A remake could bring more cohesion to a film with an identity crisis. But it also might not strike the funky, daffy sweet spot in which "The Last Dragon" takes an inner-city poke at the hero's journey without ever taking the piss out of it.
October 30, 2008
Though the humor in Dragon often falls flat (a Chinese fortune cookie factor is named "Sum Dum Goy," for instance) and the music is hardly memorable, the movie is a real charmer, full of heart and a lot of soul.
June 24, 2006
Aka Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon and a sure sign that somewhere along the way the man from Hitsville USA lost it badly.
August 14, 2005
October 23, 2004
It's so entertaining that I could almost recommend it -- if it weren't for an idiotic subplot about a gangster and his girlfriend, a diversion that brings the movie to a dead halt every eight or nine minutes.
August 30, 2004
It is crammed with kung-fu, singing, rapping, dancing and video art, and no moment goes by without at least three of these things transpiring simultaneously.
August 21, 2004
Michael Schultz continues his losing streak as a director with this derivative dud.
November 22, 2002
Howlingly goofy artifact from the silliest part of the 1980s.