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  • Summary: This supernatural action bonanza from director James Wong showcases martial arts expert Jet Li in a dual role as a police officer battling a sinister version of himself that has escaped from a parallel universe.
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 called One, and the hemorrhaging begins with the so-called story, which doesn't quite add up to one.
  3. 50
    When one actor plays both hero and villain, the viewer knows that what is being shown is not an authentic dance.
  4. So narratively garbled and its screenplay so underwritten that you have to strain to piece together the story.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    The combo of cheesy effects and martial arts choreographer Cory Yuen's unimaginative staging results in something that's martial artless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. AkeemG.
    Oct 25, 2007
    The one is definitely one of the best movies that Jet Li has ever acted in.For starters I would like to say that this movie has nothing to do with the Matrix in fact The One is whole lot more better than any movie in the matrix series.My most favorite parts of the movie are the introduction and the ending because they had the most wicked fight scenes that I have ever seen in my life.I loved seeing the Cops getting their A$#ES kicked around in the beginning and then seeing prisoners get their tails kicked in the end.I am EXTREMELY glad that the creators didn't get the rock to star in this movie because The Rock's street fighting style isn't anywhere as cool as Jet Li's martial arts and he can't act as good as Jet either. I also annoyed the music that played for each fight scene because it really helped to bring the movie to life.The sound effects were also very nice, especially the lightning sounds that you hear in the final chapter in the movie when yu law got sent to the stygian penal colony.The last but not least thing about this movie was the purple lighting and other things that the creators used used in the introduction to separate the differences between the parallel universes.The concept of parallel universes has made a very interesting story and script. By the way the review that Taylor B. wrote me laugh a little.I'm just happy to see that there are other people that enjoyed the movie as much as i did, because most critics are A#$ES who wouldn't know a good movie or video game when they see one. I still watch this movie a couple times a week from time to time. Expand
  2. JoshB.
    Dec 16, 2007
    this is a great movie filled with hard hitting action the whole tine it will keep you thinking what will happen next
  3. JosephS.
    Jan 16, 2008
    Jet li has really rocked in this movie,This is all time movie, action packed,sequence revealed and most importantly the sfx used in this movie were certainly great. Expand
  4. FrederickS.
    Dec 17, 2005
    Not a great martial arts movie but an interesting concept.
  5. Dec 30, 2012
    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. Collapse
  6. Mar 15, 2013
    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. Expand
  7. TomM
    Sep 27, 2005
    Practically unwatchable. Not even worth wasting any more time relating how bad it is. As action film go, this one is a yawner.

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