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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 namedThe 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. Too much seriousness can be fatal to a picture like this one, since it impedes the efficient delivery of dumb laughter and easy thrills.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    The fight scenes in Bulletproof Monk are not as inventive as some I've seen (although the opening fight on a rope bridge is so well done that it raises expectations it cannot fulfill).
  5. 40
    So formulaic it starts to fade from memory before the last punch is thrown.
  6. The picture's a dud... Instead of Chow's gravitas rubbing off on the kid, Scott's dude-ness dilutes Chow's authority.
  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 putLighthearted, 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 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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