Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle (2005)

The work of international superstar Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is a humorous, special-effects-filled, action-packed martial arts epic set in early '40s China. A bumbling thief named Sing (Stephen Chow) desires to be the toughest… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kung Fu Hustle blends special effects, martial arts, and the Looney Toons to hilarious effect.

David Ansen

So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... a go-for-broke goof on classic Chinese warrior dramas and revenge thrillers that packs a lot of action, a crazed cascade of comedy, a parade of characters, and a non-stop barrage of loving jabs at classic martial arts adventures into 99 minutes.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

You might think you're in for some simple happy-slappy, punchy-kicky type fun -- and indeed you are -- but Mr. Chow has more tricks up his sleeve.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda.

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Sam Ho
Film Comment Magazine

Chow is a genius in generating extraordinary drama from the familiar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Stephen Chow's impressive comedy/kung-fu bonanza is terrific. Kung Fu Hustle displays the dynamic direction of Chow along with a laugh-out-loud combination… More
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An inept would be gangster inadvertently causes a war between a tap dancing, axe wielding gang and a poor rural village which unwittingly acted as a retirement… More
Kevin M. Williams
Poetry. And funny too. The Axe Gang are the new big kids in town, but only for a quick moment in this game of filmic one-upmanship that's at the heart of… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Kung Fu Hustle guarantees entertainment with intense, wild, and creative martial arts.
Albert Kim
I seem to be the only one that did not enjoy this movie. I found the comedy to be way too elementary. I ended up not laughing too much. (It's been a while… More
Lewis C.
This movie is a gem. Let's go ahead and get that out of the way! Wildly inventive and relentlessly funny, Kung Fu Hustle is one of the most entertaining… More