Romeo Must Die
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William Shakespeare's streak as the hottest storyteller in Hollywood continues with this modern-dress variation on Romeo and Juliet. In this loose adaptation, Hang Sing (Jet Li) is a former police officer from Hong Kong who comes to the United States following the death of his brother, the leader of an Asian crime ring. Hang Sing discovers that his brother had become involved in a turf battle with an African-American gang, led by Isaak (Delroy Lindo). But his blood lust begins to subside when he falls in love with Isaak's daughter Trish (Aaliyah) and finds himself torn between his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"slick, Joel Silver-produced action movie with a borderline straight to video feel."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's not Shakespeare, but Romeo Must Die is a major kick."
‑ Dave Larsen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"undiluted garbage"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's unfortunate that so much of the running time has been given over to the plodding plot about a war between two gangs..."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A nifty little package that should allow Jet Li to get a solid hold on American actioners."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Straight-ahead action would have been more than sufficient."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Jet Li is, quite simply, the Michael Jordan of martial arts."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"This hip-hop Romeo and Juliet is awful."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Jet Li deserves better than this."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Everyone can enjoy the main special effect in the movie: Jet Li."
‑ Mac Verstandig, Entertainment Insiders
"[Li's] scenes are so clearly computer-aided that his moves are about as impressive as Bugs Bunny doing the same."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The reason to sit through [Romeo Must Die's] uninspired, formulaic moves ... is its half-dozen spectacular fight sequences."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The point of the film is kung fu. But, sadly, it doesn't deliver."
‑ , Film4
"Guess what, kids! Your average Jet Li film is a LOT better than your average Jackie Chan film."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Where's Jackie Chan when you need him?"
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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