The Forbidden Kingdom
The Forbidden Kingdom

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An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.... (Full plot summary below)

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An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

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Baltimore Sun - 8/10 by Michael Sragow Kung fu purists may scoff, but escapists with a sense of humor should romp through The Forbidden Kingdom.
TV Guide Magazine - 8/10 by Maitland McDonagh To see the two of them on screen together, even past their primes, is a delight.
ReelViews - 8/10 by James Berardinelli For martial arts action fans, The Forbidden Kingdom may be the best fantasy story since the genre was opened to a wider audience by "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Miami Herald - 8/10 by Rene Rodriguez The Forbidden Kingdom may be nothing but disposable fun, but it is a great, heaping, overflowing helping of fun. If you're 10, it may also seem like "Citizen Kane."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 8/10 by Sean Axmaker The result is joyous and exhilarating.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 7/10 by David Edelstein Once past the clunky prologue, the film is great fun, with a good balance between computer effects and athleticism.
The New York Times - 7/10 by A.O. Scott A faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions.
Salon.com - 7/10 by Stephanie Zacharek Lavish in its approach -- it attempts some rather extravagant battle scenes -- yet it still seems modest in its goals: It's more interested in being a Saturday-afternoon entertainment than a blockbuster.
Austin Chronicle - 7/10 by Marc Savlov The plot is negligible, but that's fine since it's really only a way to get from one set-piece to another.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 6/10 by Liam Lacey Although veteran choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping ( Kill Bill, The Matrix) handles the wire action, the camera work is merely okay and the sequences are on the familiar side. Still, it's fun to see Chan resurrect his loopy, staggering "drunken master" fighting style.
Empire - 6/10 by Helen O'Hara The missing link between '00s wushu, '80s kids' fantasy and '70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone.
New York Post - 6/10 by Kyle Smith It's good-natured myth-making cut into kid-size pieces.

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