Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. So engaging and illuminating that it is enjoyable even for those unfamiliar with one of cinema's most dynamic forms.
  2. An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached.
  3. A loving tribute to Hong Kong stuntmen by one of their own, the directorial debut of stuntman-turned-actor Robin Shou ("Mortal Kombat") is a wince-inducing behind-the-scenes look at the way contemporary Hong Kong action cinema is created.
  4. 63
    Fills you with a healthy respect for the men and women gladly risking their lives for your entertainment. The film itself works best with its into-the-camera reminiscences and on-the-set mishaps.
  5. 60
    Shou focuses on a meaty subject, and he has an insider's access to the world he's exploring. But his behind-the-scenes film doesn't spend nearly enough time behind the scenes.
  6. 50
    Robin Shou frequently cuts to scenes from one of his recent movies, adding to the impression that this is a vanity reel.
  7. 50
    Brave, gifted, haunted and poor, these kids are so heartbreaking that you wish Shou had the good sense to give their lives the attention he lavishes on himself.
  8. Offers a lively but jumbled insider's view of a world of great talent and greater risk.
  9. 50
    As its awkward subtitle suggests, the execution is more than a little sloppy.
  10. 50
    All of this has a fascination, and yet Red Trousers is a jumbled and unsatisfying documentary.
  11. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    An awkward blend of documentary and genre pic.
  12. 30
    For a quicker and more startling survey of Hong Kong stunts gone wrong, just check out the blooper clips that conclude any '80s Chan flick.

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