Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    All this manic invention is great fun for a while, until Tai Chi Zero falls apart on the rocks of the eternal verities: story, acting, direction.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 18, 2012
    65
    The dialogue is merely functional, and not always delivered convincingly.
  8. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Fast and mostly fun, the movie also seems compulsively too much, throwing everything it can think of at you, lest it fail to entertain.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 18, 2012
    63
    Tai Chi Zero, the first film in a planned trilogy, will leave hard-core fight enthusiasts wanting. But it's a droll, pleasant diversion all the same.
  12. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Oct 17, 2012
    60
    Give some points to a genre flick whose style mash-up reflects uneasy relations between Asia and the West just as its fracas-intensive plot tries to dramatize them.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Oct 16, 2012
    40
    If director Stephen Fung's frenetic visual style is the Red Bull in this cinematic cocktail, then the dozy plotting is the vodka - leaving you feeling momentarily excited but ultimately narcotized.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  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 hysterical characters that overshadow any miscues, providing sufficient kung fu entertainment. Full Review »
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 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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