Shaolin Soccer
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One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor. Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his "leg of steel." However, these days there isn't much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing's talent for kicking to the soccer field. Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"A spirited crowd-pleaser."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As goofy action comedies go, Shaolin Soccer is one of the best."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Untraditional underdog sports team story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It so deliriously riffs on everything from The Bad News Bears and Jurassic Park to super heroes and break dancing that it's hard not to get caught up in the goofy fun."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
" logical and giddy as a second grade classroom."
‑ Uri Lessing,
"You could call it a guilty pleasure, but that would suggest you feel bad about enjoying yourself."
‑ , Time Out
"Shaolin Soccer is one of those unlikely combinations, like Vanilla Coke or Christian rock, that fits so well, you're left wondering why no one thought of it before."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Kung Fu and sports movies collide in writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's devilishly entertaining Honk Kong action movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Awesome and fun..."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A hard chestnut to swallow."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"May be the funniest out-and-out comedy of the summer."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Catnip to those familiar with the conventions of Hong Kong martial arts movies."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Provided Chow survives being 'Miramaxed', you're looking at the next big Asian star to rise in the West."
‑ Leigh Singer, Film4
"A movie as empty-headed as your average Premier League player, but that doesn't matter when the footie scenes are so fun and deliriously OTT."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"None of this is meant to be taken seriously or even thought about. So just turn off your brain and enjoy the silliness."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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