Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 13 out of 21
  1. 75
    Hits the ground running and never lets up.
  2. It's more thrill ride than movie and Wong plays it that way: no sentiment, no complications and no pesky story to get in the way of an arsenal of flashy special effects.
  3. 50
    When one actor plays both hero and villain, the viewer knows that what is being shown is not an authentic dance.
  4. Overall, this sci-fi/martial arts hybrid has the stale aura of a product assembled out of bits of other action movies.
  5. It's called One, and the hemorrhaging begins with the so-called story, which doesn't quite add up to one.
  6. It's hardly much of a thrill to see The One recycle, on a lower budget, the slo-mo bullet dodges from "The Matrix," along with unspectacular variations on several other of that film's time-bending demolition-ballet effects.
  7. A “thrill ride” movie with all the predictability, brevity, and industrial efficiency that cliché implies.
  8. There's nothing like a feature-length video game to make you feel you're being played.
  9. 38
    The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    The problem in The One isn't the black holes in the universe, to which the characters refer at periodic intervals, but the black hole on the screen. The One is a zero.
  11. 30
    Pseudo sci-fi gobbledygook aside, X-Files alumni James Wong and Glen Morgan's script is little more than an excuse for Jet Li to kick his own ass, which he does energetically and often.
  12. 30
    Li's far too unthreatening a presence to cause much of a stir amid the din of hard rock music and the pall left by fight choreography that has had every last bit of life digitally drained away.
  13. So narratively garbled and its screenplay so underwritten that you have to strain to piece together the story.
  14. An almost comically unsuitable title. There's absolutely nothing singular or special about this slapdash sci-fi film featuring martial-arts megastar Jet Li.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    25
    The One is all sound and fury, and nothing else.
  16. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    20
    In The One the maze of death leads only to exhaustion -- a solipsistic extension of Bruce Lee pacing the room of mirrors at the end of "Enter the Dragon."
  17. The story is so ridiculous and the acting so completely amateurish, the fights have no dramatic impact; you don't care whether good Jet or bad Jet wins – not that you can tell them apart anyway.
  18. Whatever the title of the next installment, this movie is certainly One best forgotten.
  19. A film bereft of emotion, characters and words with more than two syllables.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    0
    The combo of cheesy effects and martial arts choreographer Cory Yuen's unimaginative staging results in something that's martial artless.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Mar 15, 2013
    3
    The action scenes were awesome and the concept was very original. It's just that at times it was so boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The One is One major letdown after another when it comes to character development and entertaining it's audience constantly. It could have been amazing. Full Review »
  2. Dec 30, 2012
    5
    As bad as critics say? Absolutely not but it's still not that good. CGI looked too fake, Action is alright but not all that good either, Acting is weak as well. It is interesting though, I give it that. I am quick to stop watching a movie if it sucks so The One can't be able that bad if I managed to sit through it. Full Review »