Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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: Robert Koehler
    70
    Not surprisingly based on a comic book series by Brett Lewis and R.A. Jones (whom pic fails to credit), pic hurtles along at a pace designed by vet music vid and ad helmer Paul Hunter to engage short attention spans.
  3. 70
    Lightweight but delightful martial-arts romp.
  4. Too much seriousness can be fatal to a picture like this one, since it impedes the efficient delivery of dumb laughter and easy thrills.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Action star Chow Yun-Fat's latest is as thin as the buzz cut he sports in Bulletproof Monk.
  7. 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).
  8. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    50
    The worst sin is the way the film borrows and corrupts the gravity-defying action style of Yun-Fat's international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  9. Began life as a comic book, and screenwriters Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, ever respectful of that lineage, have not allowed the film's dialogue or plot points to rise above their cartoonish origins.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    Some reliably vertiginous fight sequences (rope bridge, rooftop signage) and modest flight experiments liven up the mix, but for all the leads' individual appeal, they seem to occupy slightly different films.
  11. 50
    The story's entire foundation is based upon a plot hole so gargantuan that anyone not suffering a brain cramp will identify it at once.
  12. It’s a testament to Chow's star power that, even with an accent more than casually reminiscent of Elmer Fudd's, he comes off charming, handsome and cool in a movie as ridiculous as Bulletproof Monk.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    50
    One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.
  14. 50
    It's pretty good fun, once it gets going, but still makes some of the same mistakes that have plagued other Hollywood films that interpolate the concepts of Hong Kong action.
  15. 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.
  16. As ungainly in its jammed-together East-meets-West-ness as Steven Seagal in a yoga pose.
  17. 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.
  18. 40
    So formulaic it starts to fade from memory before the last punch is thrown.
  19. A plot so preposterous it could only have emerged from the underground comic world.
  20. No visual style, amateur effects.
  21. The picture's a dud... Instead of Chow's gravitas rubbing off on the kid, Scott's dude-ness dilutes Chow's authority.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Indeed a rip-off - a rehash of Hong Kong superstar Chow's greatest celluloid moments with an overlay of Hollywood action cliches, youth-flick silliness, and ah-so stereotypes.
  23. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    38
    Flashy, forgettable fluff.
  24. Reviewed by: Paul Lewis
    33
    Most surprising (and disappointing) is the film's lack of humor. Scott, who has a huge following and has developed a lively comic persona, never seems in on the joke.
  25. Monk would probably make a nice rental on a dull evening, with some kind of salty snack and a drinking-game accompaniment. (Drink whenever Scott cries, "Oh, shit!")
  26. It never makes much sense.
  27. 20
    Sadly, it's yet another intercultural mishmash that hopes for its iconic star's charisma to overcome a dire script, cardboard characters, indifferently directed action scenes, and an atrocious villain buried under layers of unconvincing old-man makeup.
  28. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »