The Forbidden Kingdom
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Legendary martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time ever in director Rob Minkoff's time-traveling take on the Monkey King fable that finds an American teen transported back to ancient China after wandering into a pawn shop and discovering the king's fighting stick. Once there, the adventurous teen joins an army of fierce warriors who have sworn to free their imprisoned king at all costs. In addition to appearing as the mythical Monkey King, Li assumes the role of a silent monk, and Chan appears in the role of kung fu master Lu Yan. Famed action… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the more entertaining movies we've seen in recent months."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's difficult to resist, especially if you're a 12-year-old boy whose parents won't let you rent Once Upon a Time in China or the Kill Bill movies."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Surprisingly a lot of fun, with a simple good vs. evil plot, nice action sequences and a battle of the ages between two of the biggest martial art movie masters."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Think of it as a kung fu fairy tale almost anyone can appreciate."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Fans of either martial artist will probably find enough to enjoy out of this, and will even like it more if they like 80's fantasy films."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Every time the focus switches to Michael Angarano channeling his inner Ralph Macchio, The Forbidden Kingdom reminds you that it's primarily an act of occidental tourism."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"When Chan and Li match wits, each celebrates the other's presence. This isn't just a martial-arts display; it's generosity and camaraderie in motion."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"If you're a big Jackie Chan and/or Jet Li fan this movie was made for you and you should go see it on the big screen once. But because of a complete lack of storytelling effort from the filmmakers, there's no reason to ever see it more than once."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The first onscreen meeting of screen legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li is possibly reason enough to see this fantasy, whose extravagant martial arts sequences are choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, whose signature was inked in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Fueled by Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this enjoyable romp has plenty of kick."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"It might take a Zen master to explain exactly what audience this is aimed at."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Thanks to the two stars' disparate styles - the laser-like focus of Li and the whirlwind whimsy of Chan - The Forbidden Kingdom makes up for its flaws with plenty of eye-popping moments."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Kung fu fever and fluff mix it up with hordes of floating knights in shining armor with bad attitude, and just a little heavy on the dressing, courtesy of the costume department."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"... despite falling prey to some of the anticipate problems, it ultimately emerges victorious, perhaps wobbling a bit, but only in the giddy manner of the drunken master played by Chan."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"An unapologetically old-fashioned fantasy ... solid enough entertainment for grown-ups, but something that many kids will absolutely adore."
‑ Michael Dance, The Cinema Source
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