• Released
  • October 19, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 40 min
  • Action/Adventure
  • 22 Fan Ratings
75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
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.
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67

The Playlist

By Oliver Lyttelton
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.
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65

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The dialogue is merely functional, and not always delivered convincingly.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
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.
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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.
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50

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
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.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
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.
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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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.
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52 out of 100
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