The Forbidden Kingdom
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Legendary martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time ever in director Rob Minkoff's time-traveling take on the Monkey King fable that finds an American teen transported back to ancient China… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This hotly-anticipated pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li features dazzling fight scenes but is weighed down by too much filler.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

One of the more entertaining movies we've seen in recent months.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

It's difficult to resist, especially if you're a 12-year-old boy whose parents won't let you rent Once Upon a Time in China or the Kill Bill movies.

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Sean Axmaker

... has fun with the tale and Americanizes the genre without losing the pleasures of its Asian inspirations.

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David Fear
Time Out

Every time the focus switches to Michael Angarano channeling his inner Ralph Macchio, The Forbidden Kingdom reminds you that it's primarily an act of occidental tourism.

Stephanie Zacharek

When Chan and Li match wits, each celebrates the other's presence. This isn't just a martial-arts display; it's generosity and camaraderie in motion.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Surprisingly a lot of fun, with a simple good vs. evil plot, nice action sequences and a battle of the ages between two of the biggest martial art movie masters.

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

It might take a Zen master to explain exactly what audience this is aimed at.

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Rafer Guzman

Thanks to the two stars' disparate styles - the laser-like focus of Li and the whirlwind whimsy of Chan - The Forbidden Kingdom makes up for its flaws with plenty of eye-popping moments.

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Joshua Starnes

If you're a big Jackie Chan and/or Jet Li fan this movie was made for you and you should go see it on the big screen once. But because of a complete lack of storytelling effort from the filmmakers, there's no reason to ever see it more than once.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A decent martial arts flick int he tradition of the old Crouching Tiger feel, Li and Chan have both done better but this was not bad.
Phil Hubbs
Hmmmm the usual curious mystic Honk Kong phooey chop sockey spiritual action flick based in the Orient. What can I looks lovely with beautiful green… More
xGary Xx
An American kung fu movie geek is entrusted with an ancient staff which transports him to a magical world where the mystical kung fu characters of his movies… More
danny d
the first time i saw this film i was disappointed, the second time i saw it i fell in love with it. the film is beautiful, with amazing scenery, great… More
Kevin M. Williams
There are kid movies, and then there are kid movies, and this is one of the good ones. Make no mistake, Jackie Chan and Jet Li are the reasons to see this… More
Jim Careter
A cheesy and boring movie with no point at all to it. As the plot was stupid and felt like a chesy comedy, the action was lame and a copy of the genius movie… More