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Wasabi Reviews

February 5, 2003
The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.
November 14, 2002
The film is a contrivance, as artificial as the video games Japanese teens play in a nightclub sequence, but it's an enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 20, 2002
Reno does what he can in a thankless situation, the film ricochets from humor to violence and back again, and Ryoko Hirosue makes us wonder if she is always like that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2002
Like being trapped inside a huge video game, where exciting, inane images keep popping past your head and the same illogical things keep happening over and over again.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2002
One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.
October 4, 2002
Wasabi is slight fare indeed, with the entire project having the feel of something tossed off quickly (like one of Hubert's punches), but it should go down smoothly enough with popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2002
A silly, cross-cultural shoot-'em-up -- the sort of movie that will work for those with some time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2002
Don't let the subtitles fool you; the movie only proves that Hollywood no longer has a monopoly on mindless action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2002
The funny thing is, I didn't mind all this contrived nonsense a bit.
September 27, 2002
Sleek, shallow, but frequently amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2002
The spaniel-eyed Jean Reno infuses Hubert with a mixture of deadpan cool, wry humor and just the measure of tenderness required to give this comic slugfest some heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2002
[Tries] to parody a genre that's already a joke in the United States. The movie is the equivalent of French hip-hop, which also seems to play on a 10-year delay.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2002
Dawdles and drags when it should pop; it doesn't even have the virtue of enough mindless violence to break up the tedium of all its generational bonding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 26, 2002
The film lapses too often into sugary sentiment and withholds delivery on the pell-mell pyrotechnics its punchy style promises.
September 24, 2002
The real charm of this trifle is the deadpan comic face of its star, Jean Reno, who resembles Sly Stallone in a hot sake half-sleep.