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  • Summary: In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to aIn legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using their powerful Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their lives. Lu Chan has arrived to train, but the villagers are forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, and do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone, from strong men to young children, defeats him using their Tai Chi moves. But when a man from the village’s past returns with a frightening steampowered
    machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any costs, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan… who has a secret power of his own. (Variance Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Oct 19, 2012
    75
    Tai Chi Zero is loads of fun to watch, especially a battle in which watermelons, bananas and other fruits and veggies serve as flying weapons.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 17, 2012
    75
    The story's fundamentals remain solid, and the battle between the village of kung-fu experts and an army of 19th century technophiles is so cleverly staged and exciting that the inevitable sequel (already in the works) will be welcome, as will any future martial-arts movies that Tai Chi Zero may inspire.
  3. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Oct 18, 2012
    67
    It won't linger in the mind longer than it takes for the credits to roll, but it's a lot of fun while it lasts, and we're genuinely looking forward to part 2 at this point.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Essentially a live-action anime, it sweats rivulets of Tarantino-era digital anxiety from all pores--every kick, punch, pan, and zoom exaggerated for maximum impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 20, 2012
    50
    Often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 19, 2012
    50
    A martial-arts ad­ven­ture with more video-game and comic-book DNA than the traditional kung fu flick, Tai Chi Zero is good, if empty-headed, fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 20, 2012
    30
    Manages the curious feat of being at once relentlessly energetic and almost continually uninvolving; the title more or less sums up the amount of pleasure to be had here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 1, 2013
    8
    Despite its lousy script, Tai Chi Zero has an unyielding amount of nonsensical fun and excitement, and full of intentionally hystericalDespite its lousy script, Tai Chi Zero has an unyielding amount of nonsensical fun and excitement, and full of intentionally hysterical characters that overshadow any miscues, providing sufficient kung fu entertainment. Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2014
    6
    I didn't expect to like this movie, but I do. Silly, fun, and with some nice fight sequences, this film struck me as very odd at first becauseI didn't expect to like this movie, but I do. Silly, fun, and with some nice fight sequences, this film struck me as very odd at first because of some anime-style or comicbook-style visuals, a silent movie sequence, and a dash of steampunk. There are some notable martial arts actors and actresses in this movie as well, although their presence doesn't help much to bolster the film in terms of substance since there isn't much here. If you like ridiculous characters, silly antics, and decent martial arts fights, I suggest giving this a go. Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A Kung-Fu movie with many chinese martial arts stars, but doesn't have a very solid plot that it's too cliche and vague, besides that the concept of chinese humor in some action movies doesn't really gets in my mind... have some fights with a general coreography, and mixes some comic style graphics and approaches in the movie. I prefer the more serious movies... be advised, the movie have a hook to a sequence. Expand
  4. May 26, 2013
    3
    This is the perfect movie to run in the background for the eye candy, but the story is Soooo weak. Again, a director that cannot find anyThis is the perfect movie to run in the background for the eye candy, but the story is Soooo weak. Again, a director that cannot find any balance between FX and content, confusing content with FX.

    Just a piss poor script that on first viewing, effectively kills time.
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