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  • Summary: Iron Monkey, one of the best-loved kung fu movies of all time, weaves fact and legend in a tale of a daring thief who uses his ill-gotten gains to aid the poor and dispossessed. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
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  1. Where it really counts, though, it's the same good old comic action fantasy.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.
  3. 88
    The characters may be speaking Chinese, but such rousing entertainment needs no translation.
  4. Not only visually brilliant, it's funny, too.
  5. 75
    The creative vigor of its originality, distilled in a pure and unadulterated form, is simply exhilarating.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    They're as special as special effects get.
  7. The movie is never engaging on anything but a superficial level, and it gradually gets decidedly tiresome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 23, 2005
    9
    Yuen Wo Pingis an ace choreographer, as he helped bring the Matrix trilogy, Kill bill and Kung Fu hustle to the top of the action genre. When he directs on his own, he pulls out all the stops and breathlessly packs tons of his fight sequences into one explosive package. If you like his fight choreography, there's plenty of it here, and it dominates most fo the screen time. THere's little, if any, filler in these intense 89min. Expand

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