Journey To The West
Journey To The West (2014)

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to… More

Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: March 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As sweet, silly, action-packed and ridiculous as director Steven Chow's best work, Journey to the West serves up dazzling action sequences while playing its disparate elements against each other with thrilling abandon.

Ronnie Scheib

Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.

Full review…
Christy Lemire

By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.

Full review…
Edmund Lee
Screen International

Stephen Chow's Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons is a thoroughly entertaining action comedy that suggests, a la Woody Allen, a promising new life behind the screen for the actor-director.

Full review…
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.

Full review…
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.

Full review…
Rob Gonsalves

Chow breaks out one elaborate set-piece after another.

Full review…
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts.

Full review…
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The final product is very much Chow - with elaborately staged stunts, slapstick inspired by silent Hollywood, and a silliness that will appeal to kids (as well as some black humor that may take some explaining for younger audiences).

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It makes good use of computer animation and slapstick action comedy.

Full review…
More reviews for Journey To The West

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
There was one scene that made me lmao and one scene that made me cry, but otherwise this is a bastardisation of a prequel of the real Journey to the West story.
Anthony Valletta
A much better version of the Monkey King story than the other outing with Donnie Yen made the same year.
Greg S
A Buddhist demon hunter who tries to redeem evil spirits clashes with a powerful mercenary huntress who keeps killing his potential converts; she also falls in… More
Jesse Ortega
This has become a bit of a running joke, but this is ANOTHER Stephen Chow movie that I like better than his, supposed, masterpiece Kung Fu Hustle. I really do… More