Bulletproof Monk
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A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate would have it, the new caretaker turns out to be Kar (Seann William Scott), a scruffy and distinctly non-enlightened petty thief living in San Francisco. As the monk attempts to educate Kar in the powers and responsibilities of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Reader
"[T]he thing about the martial arts sequences -- you've got the great Chow Yun-Fat, but this thing is directed MTV style: cut here, cut there, close-up. So we can't really tell if he's doing stunts or if it's all tricks of camerawork."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Violent but cool martial arts movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The constantly beaming monk is as good-natured as the script is mindless."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"... bringing music-video director Paul Hunter was a good move for pacing, but he could use a few lessons in filming fight scenes."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Chow was never a martial arts star back home, but he's a good enough actor -- and an engaging enough personality -- to pass for one here."
‑ , Time Out
"One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"This is one piece of derivative, hokey, and really stupid action drivel."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's painful to watch."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The bottom line is, this qualifies as a guilty pleasure."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"They made a ton of junky movies in Hong Kong, but those were dazzlingly fluid and high-flying junky movies. This American retread has the same sort of hack plot but none of the bravura."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Everything here is borrowed from other movies ..."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"An enticing title that perfectly sets up our anticipation for a rollicking martial-arts comic-book fable adventure."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Paul Hunter edits his action scenes so much that it's really difficult to see anything spectacular, and the special effects aren't anything to drool over."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"Too much time is given over to the absolutely dire script."
‑ Ed Colley, Future Movies UK
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