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  • Summary: Young demon hunter Xuan Zang, fearlessly guided by his belief in “giving himself for the greater cause”, risks everything and conquers a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. He embraces them as his disciples, and melts them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zang discovers the true meaning of Greater Love himself. In order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them embark on a journey to the West that’s full of challenges. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 6, 2014
    91
    Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 6, 2014
    80
    The spectacular combination of slapstick, love story and superhero antics doesn't entirely avoid awkwardness, but mostly it defies gravity, like many of the stunts.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    Chow is at his best when juggling disparate elements – tragedy, slapstick, romance, melancholy, fantasy. Everything is big with him; he seems incapable of underplaying anything. The crazier his movies, the better. And Journey to the West might be the craziest thing he’s done yet. You may wonder, afterwards, if you dreamt it all.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kerr
    Mar 6, 2014
    70
    Journey to the West may not rank among Chow’s classics, but it’s a crowd-pleaser that also serves as a reminder of what the director can accomplish when he’s on his game.
  6. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Mar 7, 2014
    63
    By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, Journey to the West takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 4, 2014
    50
    The camera swoops and whooshes about but never generates any compelling energy — Chow's film proves endlessly manic but devoid of much mirth.

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  1. Aug 3, 2014
    9
    Stephen Chow has done it again. An epic fantasy martial arts movie with a few laughs and twists, but most of all, excellent special effects and memorable characters. Its not as immersing as Kung Fu Hustle, but continues to keep your jaw on the floor. If you are a kung fu fan this should be part of your library. The only reason why I gave this a nine is because I wanted the show to go on and on and on! Excellent job! Expand