Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2011)

Legendary Kung Fu hero Chen Zhen is an iconic cultural mainstay in China and Hong Kong, having spawned both record-breaking feature films and a TV series. Over the years, martial arts legends such as Bruce Lee (FIST OF FURY) and Jet Li… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

There's too much lustrous-hued loitering and too few martial-arts set pieces. This isn't another disposable B movie, though.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The result is disappointing.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

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Doug Knoop
Seattle Times

It's all a big cinematic jumble and, quite frankly, an expensive-looking mess.

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Mike Hale
New York Times

It's generally fun to watch Mr. Yen move and not much fun to watch him act, and "Legend of the Fist" is no exception.

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Jeremy Heilman

The movie only really comes to life when there's fighting on screen, which is unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected.

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Mark Jenkins

Using not one but two world wars as backdrops, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is an exhilarating kung fu romp.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Although "Legend of the Fist" is slick, stylish and assured, it is also bloated and hollow, and seemingly without much sense of what actually is working.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... a colorful and largely incoherent mess, less a movie than a collection of cannibalized ideas stitched together into something resembling a plot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
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Cynthia S.
Love that Donnie Yen!! This movie was quite entertaining. The action is good, with Donnie Yen's martial art style at its best. The historical and romantic… More
Albert Kim
IP MAN THRE.... Wait. What the hell? Chinese superhero? He's got the same costume as the dude from "Green Hornet". "Legend of the Fist:… More
Al S
An awesome and utterly epic film. It goes beyond incredible in scope, action and performances. It's a rather fresh, very smart and original new film. A… More
danny d
excellent visuals, exciting fight scenes, and a decent story push this film into a place of strong likability. really a kung fu superhero film. the script got… More
JY Skacto
Andrew Lau's <i>Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen</i> shines when it comes to the action, but for a movie as a whole, it needs some… More