Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. It is not merely a thriller but a shocker. It will separate hard-core Jet Li followers from the fair-weather fans.
  2. 90
    The inventive, often comically horrible fight set pieces will have you standing on your seat cheering like a Viking, and the result is a supremely kinetic and amusing guilty pleasure.
  3. 80
    A veteran of commercials and music videos, director Chris Nahon crowds out too much of the sprawling combat gymnastics, but his film doesn't lack for luxuriously seedy ambience --his Paris is a retro-futurist sewer.
  4. 75
    I like the movie on a simple physical level. There is no deeper meaning and no higher skill involved; just professional action, well-staged and filmed with a certain stylistic elegance.
  5. 75
    The Hollywood action genre, sliding into a lazy dependence on computer-generated fakery, needs this authentic kick to the head delivered by Jet Li.
  6. Kiss of the Dragon is a straight-ahead star vehicle for the trim and terse Li, whose steady gaze and fist-flying ways are tempered by a gentlemanly mien.
  7. 75
    Jet Li and Bridget Fonda form a terrific bond in this action film. And the choreography adds a nice kick, too.
  8. This is all grimy, guy on guy fun, right down to the fevered, bad English dialogue.
  9. The non-fighting parts of Kiss of the Dragon are, despite the presence of co-star Bridget Fonda, completely non-compelling. It's a proud convention in films like this for fans to mark time during exposition, waiting patiently for the action to start up again, and Kiss is very much in that tradition.
  10. 70
    Mr. Li will come out of Kiss of the Dragon smelling like a rose; the combat couldn't be better. But next time around, he should leave the script to more capable hands.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Slick, straight-ahead action-thriller that marks a small step back and two bounding leaps forward for toplined Jet Li.
  12. 67
    This is a garish, rocket-fueled slice of popcorn mayhem, and the perfect antidote to this summer's limp action lineup.
  13. The action scenes, including one on that tourist sightseeing staple, the Bateau Mouche, were directed by Cory Yuen with some creative touches, including a hail of chopsticks during a fight in a restaurant kitchen.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Seeing this movie won't get you into MIT, but it's passable fun.
  15. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    What goes on when Li isn't fighting the bad guys isn't worth discussing; it's that stupid.
  16. 60
    Will probably please hard-core action fans who have become inured to plot idiocies, but it remains a terrible waste of talent.
  17. It's one thing for a script to set the framework for an action film -- it's quite another when the script gets in the way.
  18. 50
    The story is formulaic, but this brutal, fast-paced thriller makes excellent use of Li's martial arts prowess.
  19. 50
    The new sexism -- the old sexism plus the idea that everything is ironic -- is getting old.
  20. 40
    The most dispiriting thing about Kiss of the Dragon, is that it's another example of how Western filmmakers fall on their faces when they try to evoke the feel of Hong Kong action films.
  21. Offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Too bad the filmmakers -- and here's where the American part comes in -- decided the movie had to have some heart, too.
  23. 38
    Li is powerless when the film slows to a crawl to provide a little drama.
  24. Mr. Li is a master not only of martial arts, but of composure; no one does nothing better. The film itself is no great shakes.
  25. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    As though fatalistically compelled, all three leads self-destruct: Li is as flat, colorless, and stiff as a panel of Sheetrock, Karyo plays his every syllable in overdrive, and Fonda seems trapped in the midst of a failed screen test for Pretty Woman II.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Jul 24, 2014
    Kiss of the dragon has stunning action scenes that will satisfy any action fan's palate. The plot is nothing
    inventive but if you can look
    past that you will enjoy a jolting thrill ride. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2014
    Kiss of the dragon has first rate action. Martial arts movies don't require a new or clever plot. Kiss of
    the dragon fits into this category
    of having amazing martial art action scenes with a basic plot. Full Review »
  3. Jul 24, 2014
    Kiss of the dragon has plenty of action, the plot isn't original but it didn't have to be. The movie isn't his best
    movie, but the movie
    comes close to Unleashed on the action level. Full Review »