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Bulletproof Monk Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    40

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As ungainly in its jammed-together East-meets-West-ness as Steven Seagal in a yoga pose.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Action star Chow Yun-Fat's latest is as thin as the buzz cut he sports in Bulletproof Monk.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The story's entire foundation is based upon a plot hole so gargantuan that anyone not suffering a brain cramp will identify it at once.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The fight scenes in Bulletproof Monk are not as inventive as some I've seen (although the opening fight on a rope bridge is so well done that it raises expectations it cannot fulfill).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    First-time director Paul Hunter delivers a quick-cut, loud movie that betrays his MTV roots -- but then again, the script never demands that he do much more than exactly that.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Violent but cool martial arts movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, though not as graphic as many PG-13s. Characters are killed, including one who is impaled. There is brief strong language. There are some sexual references, though it is very clear that the "bad girl" is, as far as sex goes, a "good girl."

  • Families can talk about why the monks did not just destroy the scroll. What is there in the world today that is as susceptible as the fictional scroll to being used for devastating purposes?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense action sequences. Peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mild.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: None.

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