91

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Chow's specialty is over-the-top slapstick action in the Hong Kong style, and the new film doesn't disappoint on either count.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
The spectacular combination of slapstick, love story and superhero antics doesn't entirely avoid awkwardness, but mostly it defies gravity, like many of the stunts.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By Bilge Ebiri
Chow is at his best when juggling disparate elements – tragedy, slapstick, romance, melancholy, fantasy. Everything is big with him; he seems incapable of underplaying anything. The crazier his movies, the better. And Journey to the West might be the craziest thing he’s done yet. You may wonder, afterwards, if you dreamt it all.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Kenji Fujishima
Stephen Chow's distinctive vision is evident in the seemingly boundless imagination of his scenarios, and in the film's sincere spiritual concerns and generosity toward misfits and outsiders.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Showcases Chow at his weirdest and most entertaining.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A huge hit in China — where it was released in 3-D IMAX — the handsomely filmed Journey To the West deserves better than the token 2-D theatrical release it’s getting in the United States to support its simultaneous arrival on video-on-demand.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Journey to the West may not rank among Chow’s classics, but it’s a crowd-pleaser that also serves as a reminder of what the director can accomplish when he’s on his game.
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.
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60

Variety

[A] mostly entertaining action-fantasy-comedy.
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50

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
The camera swoops and whooshes about but never generates any compelling energy — Chow's film proves endlessly manic but devoid of much mirth.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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