The Forbidden Kingdom Synopsis
A teen travels back in time to ancient China and joins the quest to free the Monkey King.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Forbidden Kingdom may be nothing but disposable fun, but it is a great, heaping, overflowing helping of fun. If you're 10, it may also...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
To see the two of them on screen together, even past their primes, is a delight.
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By James Berardinelli
For martial arts action fans, The Forbidden Kingdom may be the best fantasy story since the genre was opened to a wider audience by...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Unashamed about giving its audience a good time, and the high spirits go a long way toward counterbalancing the cliches.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The special effects are effective, though not terribly special. While director Minkoff pays homage to past masters of the genre, the past...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
It's good-natured myth-making cut into kid-size pieces.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The wisecracking Chan and the stoic Li play off their on-screen images with good humor, and if they don't have the agility they once did,...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Feels a bit too much like six hours of movie packed into 113 minutes - imagine if New Line had made Peter Jackson cram the entirety of...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Will please its core audience but won't enthrall anyone over the age of 16. (Even that might be stretching the point.)
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Entertainment Weekly

This kingdom really should be forbidden.
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Cute movie...for older kids

By Ern
I saw this movie in a sneak preview and knew in the first 10 minutes that I would need to own it. The movie itself has a great story line filled with terrible dialouge. If someone can tell me why...

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Part 2 + Jackie Chan and Jet Li

By tt_232010
What can I say, the movie was amazing. The only reason why I wanted to see the movie was because of my desire to see Jackie Chan against Jet Li. The fight scenes between them were great and they...

The Forbidden Kingdom

By themerrymom
My 15 yr old says if it was a little less violent it would make a good kids movie. I think it was a little it was a little choppy which prevented you from really getting into the characters, a...

A worthy effort - not good enough - but worth the price of admission.

A light-hearted entertaining (funny-in-parts) martial-arts fantasy along the vein of 'The Karate Kid'. This movie is NOT a re-telling of the Buddhist/Taoist myth 'The Journey To The West' (note: monk...

good fighting

By u may kno me az candela
the movie or better said the charecter actually remimded a lot of the game dead or alive! ??? movie was ok...Jet L. like always never dissapoints and Jackie C. funny like always overall ok movie...

Good Fun

By joesteph
Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the same movie for the first time is interesting in itself. The fantasy fighting is often good, although the evil immortal hurling bad "chi" at his opponents did seem like...

awsome movie!

By davishc777
very nice, i think everyone should go and watch...

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By mingaling
The movie looks great I can't wait to see it!...

Good for teens or those not too picky about plot and acting.

By Escapist_Man
I saw this one with my sons. Good vibe about the film but it looks assembled from other film ideas. I saw pieces of Gremlins, Karate Kid, and Lord of the Rings in this. I kind of dozed off for a few...

The Forbidden Kingdom

By thatssneaky
This movie was okay. Decent amount of fighting. The storyline is almost exactly like the movie A Kid in King Arthur's Court but I think that movie was better than this one....

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Rated PG-13 | For sequences of martial arts action and some violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mostly bloodless Chan/Li martial arts adventure.
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