Shaolin (2011)

As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. General Hou (Andy Lau) has caused much of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

More action, less talk should be the order of the day, but it isn't.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

One of those films that impresses you, even though it fails to set itself apart from other films in the genre.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

"Shaolin" fits in the more somber kung-fu tradition. But it also finds room for the genre's comic strain.

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Mark Jenkins

Shaolin features a half-dozen impressive action set pieces, including an elaborate carriage chase and a battle inside the cages where Cao imprisons his workers.

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Brent Simon

Ambitiously staged set pieces fall victim to portentous technique, creating an ultimately irreconcilable chasm between how much one wants to like this movie and how much they actually do.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The epic feel to this Hong Kong action-drama helps balance a lack of hand-to-hand combat scenes.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

The kung fu itself is great fun to watch, from the discipline of balancing on one foot on a wooden pillar, the other in the air, for hours at a time to the confrontations that send fist and feet flying.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Jackie Chan brings some warm energy to his supporting role -- a rarity for this big star -- and turns in a delightfully self-effacing performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
Fantasy martial arts tale built on the simple story of a man who makes a terrible mistake, hurting everyone who loved him, and spends the rest of his life… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A decent effort, no big surprises here, but the whole thing is done with enough conviction and skill, just a bit too predictable and one dimensional. Bad guys… More
Cynthia S.
Really good film. Lots of great choreography. Jackie Chan shows up in this, and he adds alot of humor. The only thing that took away from the movie was the… More
Dean McKenna
A very fun, surprisingly thoughtful, monk masterpiece. This martial arts action film encompasses combat, explosions and moments of introspection. This… More
danny d
the film had some excellent moments. the story was predictable but still engaging, some of the action was solid, and the film looked great. however there was… More
JY Skacto
<i>Shaolin</i> is an example of Benny Chan putting together a good action period piece.<p>With a title and cast members that point toward an… More