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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 imprisonedWhile 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
    60
    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
    50
    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
    25
    This kingdom really should be forbidden.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. PL
    Apr 19, 2008
    10
    This movie is so entertaining that I want to see it again. It is hilarious and doesn't take itself seriously. Beautiful cinematography This movie is so entertaining that I want to see it again. It is hilarious and doesn't take itself seriously. Beautiful cinematography and well done CG, with awesome kung fu. Simply put, I love it. It should've been marketed as summer blockbuster movie. I highly recommend it. Expand
  2. RicoG
    Jun 3, 2008
    10
    This Movie is great despite reviews, you love martial arts, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. This Movie is for you. I love martial arts and this movie This Movie is great despite reviews, you love martial arts, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. This Movie is for you. I love martial arts and this movie was awesome. Expand
  3. JasonA
    Sep 15, 2008
    10
    I love this movie, it's alot of fun for the whole family. Enjoy it for what it is a saturday morning kung fu flick on steroids.
  4. HuaweiW
    May 4, 2008
    8
    Pretty good. The fighting was exciting, the dialogue was interesting, and the concept was excellent. Unfortunately the movie felt kind of Pretty good. The fighting was exciting, the dialogue was interesting, and the concept was excellent. Unfortunately the movie felt kind of rushed to me. It was too short and if it was to be really good it should have been lengthened to a trilogy. Expand
  5. AlP.
    Apr 17, 2008
    7
    Excellent action and good humor. Could even take your kids to see it.
  6. Dec 29, 2011
    7
    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 wasIt 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
  7. William
    Aug 1, 2008
    3
    I desperately looked forward to this and was thoroughly disappointed. The story was garbage, the kiddie lead annoying, and they didn't I desperately looked forward to this and was thoroughly disappointed. The story was garbage, the kiddie lead annoying, and they didn't give Li or Chan enough quality fighting time. Expand

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