Big Trouble in Little China
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver who agrees to go to the San Francisco airport and pick up his friend's (Dennis Dun) fiancee (Suzee Pai, freshly… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 2, 1986
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brimming with energy and packed with humor, Big Trouble in Little China distills kung fu B-movies as affectionately as it subverts them.

Walter Goodman
New York Times

An upscale send-up.

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Rob Gonsalves

Contains the single drop-dead funniest moment in all of Carpenter's filmography.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Benefits from a rollicking wise-ass performance from Kurt Russell but otherwise falls limp courtesy of too many corny gags.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Special effects don't mean much unless we care about the characters who are surrounded by them, and in this movie the characters often seem to exist only to fill up the foregrounds.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Works as a stand alone classic that features John Carpenter at his best.

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Fernando F. Croce

A film to embody the Eighties, and justify them

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Violent 1980s martial-arts movie is a campy guilty pleasure.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

This is a bizarre, fun, action packed film, filled with wild characters and an adventurous, imaginative and campy spirit.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A 'B'-movie-style Western meets Eastern, a supernatural 'chopsocky' fantasy with leading man Kurt Russell doing a feature-length impression of a dead movie star. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
Big Trouble In Little China is a film where our perceived hero Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) isn't really heroic at all. He's actually a buffoon… More
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KJ Proulx
Tonally different from anything John Carpenter has ever done, "Big Trouble in Little China" follows Dennis (Kurt Russell) on a wild goose chase to… More
Chris Weber
A highly entertaining B movie from the 1980's. Not the greatest film John Carpenter has ever done, but it's still pretty fun. This movie has… More
Alex roy
John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China is a top notch action comedy with some intense action, great performances, a fun and entertaining story and… More
Mark Hobin
Big Trouble in Little China is focused on a colorful cast of characters. Where else can you go toe to toe with a villain that will blind you by staring into his… More