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  • Summary: While hunting down bootleg kung fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason Tripitikas makes an extraordinary discovery that sends him hurtling back in time to ancient China. There, Jason is charged with a monumental task: He must free the fabled warrior the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned by the powerful Jade Warlord. Jason is joined in his quest by wise kung fu master Lu and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk. But only by learning the true precepts of kung fu can Jason hope to succeed--and find a way to get back home. (Lionsgate) Expand
  • Director: Rob Minkoff
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 104 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 83
    Kung fu purists may scoff, but escapists with a sense of humor should romp through The Forbidden Kingdom.
  2. 75
    For martial arts action fans, The Forbidden Kingdom may be the best fantasy story since the genre was opened to a wider audience by "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  3. Once past the clunky prologue, the film is great fun, with a good balance between computer effects and athleticism.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Taken as a whole, though, it's an amiable lost-and-found of epic-adventure tropes. As I still illogically treasure "Willow," many a 10-year-old who sees Forbidden Kingdom will remember it fondly in spite of its flaws.
  5. The wisecracking Chan and the stoic Li play off their on-screen images with good humor, and if they don't have the agility they once did, it's still a joy to watch them make the most of Yuen Woo-ping's impressive choreography.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    It's perhaps best suited for genre vets who can be satisfied with spot-the-reference games and Chan and Li's chemistry, or for undiscriminating kids who'll enjoy the "Karate Kid" vibe. But it's less a culmination of Li and Chan's careers than a passable footnote to better things.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    This kingdom really should be forbidden.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Sep 28, 2013
    I was surprised by this movie since I didn`t hear much about it. I guess I shouldn`t be cause Jet Li, and Jackie Chan are a great duo.The sounds the action all make for a great adventure.The Heroes and the Villans give you a feeling of a different world, and that`s what I look for in a movie. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    The plot in this movie is bogus and the dialog is cheesy, it will scratch the Kung-Fu maniacs itch, there is a lot of reasons to love or hate this movie, I would recommend trying this for yourself. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2011
    It was ok suprisingly. The action was good and it was great to finally see Chan and Li fight against each other in a film. The plot was alright but it was just a bit too stupid at times. Overall though it was entertaining and worth the watch. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2012
    Clever, dashing, and fairly amusing, "The Forbidden Kingdom" is a special kind of action adventure film that actually stimulates the audiences' minds as well as their eyes. Expand
  5. May 26, 2012
    Jet Li and Jackie Chan's combination of powerful performances combined with decent storytelling make this a decent action movie.

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