Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

David Ansen
Newsweek

So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle.

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Sam Ho
Film Comment Magazine

Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.

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Film4

Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Poetry. And funny too. The Axe Gang are the new big kids in town, but only for a quick moment in this game of filmic one-upmanship that's at the heart of… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Kung Fu Hustle guarantees entertainment with intense, wild, and creative martial arts.
Albert Kim
I seem to be the only one that did not enjoy this movie. I found the comedy to be way too elementary. I ended up not laughing too much. (It's been a while… More
Lewis C.
This movie is a gem. Let's go ahead and get that out of the way! Wildly inventive and relentlessly funny, Kung Fu Hustle is one of the most entertaining… More
xGary Xx
An inept would be gangster inadvertently causes a war between a tap dancing, axe wielding gang and a poor rural village which unwittingly acted as a retirement… More
Idrees Khan
It's like if Bruce Lee and Charlie Chaplin had a baby

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