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  • Summary: The Monk (Yun-Fat) is a Zen-calm martial arts master whose duty has been to protect a powerful ancient scroll. Faced with finding the scroll's next guardian, the Monk's quest brings him to New York City, where, to his disbelief, it appears his successor is a smart-mouthed pickpocket named Kar (Scott). (MGM) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. It has a life and style that other buddy action movies lack
  2. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    60
    It’s a film that walks a fine-line between serious superhero flick and slapstick, giving the audience a conglomerate of great martial arts moments intertwined with some very funny dialogue and impetus.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    50
    One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.
  4. First-time director Paul Hunter delivers a quick-cut, loud movie that betrays his MTV roots -- but then again, the script never demands that he do much more than exactly that.
  5. 40
    A fair amount of visual panache, but the fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    38
    Flashy, forgettable fluff.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Yeah, they made a ton of junky movies in Hong Kong, but those were dazzlingly fluid and high-flying junky movies. This American retread has the same sort of hack plot but none of the bravura. It makes them look like monkeys, and not bulletproof ones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    7
    Lighthearted, fun, yes some dull parts but overall I'll watch it over again..I can only see the good sides of even bad movies because they put all of their hard work into it. The least we could all do is watch and smile. Expand
  2. MichaelF.
    Apr 19, 2003
    0
    This movie couldn't be worse if it tried. Seann William Scott couldn't be more annoying. The only positive thing I can say about this movie is that Chow Yun-Fat is amazingly cool. Watching Chow standing on top of the car w/ two guns made me remember his glory, but the rest of the movie was just trash. This is in the bottom 10 movies ever made. The fact that this movie makes every possible wrong turn is amazing. I'm offened by how bad this movie is, I'm offended for Chow and I'm most of all offended by seeing Seann William Scott in New York. The only place that California trash could survive is in Malibu, on the beach, baby. I hope I see Seann in hell before I see him in New York again. Expand

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