• Released
  • September 9, 2011
  • (Limited 9/9)
  • R , 1 hr 59 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign
Shaolin Synopsis
After his sworn brother betrays him, a general (Andy Lau) takes refuge at a Shaolin temple.
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The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
If the movie feels old-school (with new-school production values), consider its pedigree. It's no wonder: Shaolin is a reimagining of the...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Director Benny Chan has fashioned a visually sumptuous period wushu film with a strikingly contemplative and pacifist bent.
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60

New York Daily News

By David Hinckley
Jackie Chan's cameo as a monastery cook is a tiny joy. To see Chan use his once-great physical skill on a hunk of bread dough is to see a...
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

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Shaolin is simultaneously regal and stilted, stirring and sluggish.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Fists fly furiously and much blood is spilled; there's a sacrifice via sword that's both cringe-inducing and cheerworthy. Even special...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Only Jackie Chan, in a comedic supporting role as a Zen-trained cook who applies his culinary techniques on the battlefield (he "stir-fries"...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
This new movie features stylishly filmed and choreographed battles. But in between the set pieces is a lot of sentimental blather that...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

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Directed with feeling for its richly layered protagonists, the film is elevated by its emotional complexity but simultaneously dragged down...
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50

Variety

Well-mounted Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts co-production Shaolin elevates enlightenment above brute strength, but weak helming undercuts...
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30

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
This crude, overlong chunk of kung-fu kitsch lays its scene in a 1920s Republican China, torn by internecine fighting and weighed down by...
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ShaoLin

By DrEndo
High quality movie, based in China with Jackie Chan. Awe inspiring, excellent cinematography, excellent action, martial arts and super action at a higher level. Some violence, so not for kids or the...

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Rated R | For violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Martial arts epic is more violent than others in the genre.
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