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Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow returns to the helm for this sci-fi comedy about a struggling single father whose quest to find the perfect toy yields out-of-this-world results. Ti (Chow) is a poor construction worker who breaks his back to ensure that his young son Dicky (Xu Jiao) can stay enrolled in an exclusive private school. But while Ti does everything possible to give his son the opportunities that he never had, Dicky still feels like a classroom reject due to his tattered clothes and lack of the latest toys. Dicky's classmates all play with the coolest and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chow's film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. A kids' comedy with a heart."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Even with its flaws this comedy is more interesting kids' fare than most sanitized studio releases."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Has the same moral and thematic contours of E.T. or an old-school Disney animated fable, but with the panache we've come to expect from the creator of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The tone veers wildly from sentimental family drama to cartoonish fantasy, and some of the attempts at humor badly misfire."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"In spite of the hole the writers dig themselves in accidentally turning the main hero in to a really unlikable presence, "CJ7" is a great twist on the boy meets alien tale..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"China has a lot to answer for these days -- unsafe food exports, unsafe toys, Tibet. And now CJ7."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This is a fable of forgiveness and regeneration, but it delves into a child's deepest, darkest fears. Fortunately, things turn out OK in the end."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"What charm CJ7 has is of the Saturday-morning variety, built upon a tiresome mixture of slapstick humor and comic-book action."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Chow's child-like sense of wonder is no guarantee that he can make a suitable film for kids."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"Despite its flaws, this is an entertaining fantasy adventure that both kids and adults will enjoy. Worth seeking out."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A wonderfully ridiculous homage to E.T."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"I don't doubt [Stephen Chow's] talent. With this one, though, I doubt his story sense and his borderline-insane mixture of tones."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Diluindo seu senso de humor anárquico e cartunesco no intuito de criar um filme família, Chow concebe apenas uma história formulaica, artificial em seu sentimentalismo barato e sem a menor graça."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"He knows he's the hundredth director to rip off E.T.: he's just going to do it better, and with jokes fit for a vintage Warner Brothers cartoon. [Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Good for kids, probably of all ages."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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