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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
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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
    To see the two of them on screen together, even past their primes, is a delight.
  3. 70
    A faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    The missing link between '00s wushu, '80s kids' fantasy and '70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    Will please its core audience but won't enthrall anyone over the age of 16. (Even that might be stretching the point.)
  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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