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  • 63
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Tai Chi Zero, the first film in a planned trilogy, will leave hard-core fight enthusiasts wanting. But it's a droll, pleasant diversion all the same. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The dialogue is merely functional, and not always delivered convincingly. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Tai Chi Zero is loads of fun to watch, especially a battle in which watermelons, bananas and other fruits and veggies serve as flying weapons. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    A martial-arts adventure with more video-game and comic-book DNA than the traditional kung fu flick, Tai Chi Zero is good, if empty-headed, fun. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    All this manic invention is great fun for a while, until Tai Chi Zero falls apart on the rocks of the eternal verities: story, acting, direction. show more

  • 50
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    Essentially a live-action anime, it sweats rivulets of Tarantino-era digital anxiety from all pores--every kick, punch, pan, and zoom exaggerated for maximum impact. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    If director Stephen Fung's frenetic visual style is the Red Bull in this cinematic cocktail, then the dozy plotting is the vodka - leaving you feeling momentarily excited but ultimately narcotized. show more

  • 67
    Oliver Lyttelton The Playlist

    It won't linger in the mind longer than it takes for the credits to roll, but it's a lot of fun while it lasts, and we're genuinely looking forward to part 2 at this point. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Give some points to a genre flick whose style mash-up reflects uneasy relations between Asia and the West just as its fracas-intensive plot tries to dramatize them. show more

  • 50
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    Often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches. show more

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