The One Reviews

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April 17, 2002
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November 6, 2001
Wong's efficiently creepy Final Destination was as much memento mori as teen disposal unit, but in The One the maze of death leads only to exhaustion.
November 3, 2001
This sci-fi/martial arts hybrid has the stale aura of a product assembled out of bits of other action movies.
November 2, 2001
I guess you would call this a twin Jet movie. That doesn't quite take off.
November 2, 2001
A chaotic kung fu, sci-fi, rama-lama-dingdong on themes handled more originally by The Matrix.
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
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.
November 2, 2001
It's The Matrix's less-refined cousin, the one that didn't pay full attention in cool school.
November 2, 2001
Don't worry about Jet Li. He can take care of himself. His latest American movie, however, needs triage.
November 2, 2001
A martial-arts flick that transcends its genre with surprisingly strong sci-fi concepts.
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.
November 2, 2001
Offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
November 2, 2001
A dimwitted parallel-universe slugfest that sets a new low for a Hollywood martial arts extravaganza built around a major star.
November 2, 2001
Even by the grunting and grimacing standards of comic-book action films, the performances in The One are undernourished.
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.
November 1, 2001
A blast of first-rate entertainment.
November 1, 2001
When one actor plays both hero and villain, the viewer knows that what is being shown is not an authentic dance.
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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