Chow, perhaps the first action star and filmmaker to be as influenced by classic cartoons as by the karate-chop balletics of human movement, directs like a gonzo fusion of Tarantino and Tex Avery.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Stephen Chow's kinetic, exhausting, relentlessly entertaining film throws scraps of a half-century of international pop culture into a fast-whirling blender.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A lively, visual treat.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Kung Fu Hustle snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
But for all its stylishness, verve and moments of visual poetry, the relentlessly punishing slapstick and overall cruel tone left me cold.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Like a meal prepared by an extreme chef, 'Hustle is more than a bit of a mess. It still tastes like nothing you've ever had before.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
With its melange of influences, Kung Fu Hustle is everything, and with its lack of emotional coherence, it's nothing.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
...the knockdown hilarity of it all made me wonder where this subgenre of martial-arts action flick might be heading. A lot of it is riotously funny.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
If you're not entertained, it's time to get off the decaf.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Ridiculous? Nah. Kung Fu Hustle is sublime entertainment.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Chow's movie may seem nutty on the surface, but its slyness, its dreamy unfolding of so many moods and genres, becomes intoxicating.
Ken Tucker - New York Magazine
When I saw it at Sundance, I wrote that it was 'like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny.' You see how worked up you can get, watching a movie like this.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A full-on-the-mouth, sloppy-wet kiss to Hong Kong martial arts movies.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Lingering on such details is a new development for Chow, recalling the style of another aspirant to global pop cinema, Sergio Leone. Given all the hyperbolic kung fu, it's easy to overlook such quietly observant grace notes.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Though I applaud kung-foolery and find Chow nimbly hilarious, Kung Fu Hustle's shotgun marriage of slapstick and brutality is unnerving in the make-'em-laugh, make-'em-gag manner of Quentin Tarantino.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Hatchet fu, shotgun fu, flowerpot fu, harp fu, cobra fu, disco fu, Zen fu, Kubrick fu, Road Runner fu, geezer fu, bullfrog fu. Kung Fu Hustle features every type of fu except deja fu.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
So filled with crazy energy that it seems to leap off the screen, Kung Fu Hustle is the most wildly inventive, purely entertaining and cuckoo-cool flick to hit movie houses this year...
Tom Long - Detroit News
Kung Fu Hustle will not only please martial-arts fans, it's witty and energetic enough to engage those who usually ignore such choreographed Asian dust-ups.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The truth is that I haven't seen nearly enough unimaginative martial-arts movies to respond to Mr. Chow's bizarre flights of fancy.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A chop-socky on f/x steroids that's devoid of genuine inspiration or involving character development.
Derek Elley - Variety
Kung Fu Hustle is an absolute hoot.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Broad, low farces with little story and stuffed with epic fights built on plainly impossible, plainly faked gags, they're still a stitch.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Retrieving the martial arts movie from the gentrified middlebrow tastefulness of movies like House of Flying Daggers is only one item on Kung Fu Hustle's agenda.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
The latest film from Hong Kong's reigning comic star and director, Stephen Chow ... is a celebration of Hong Kong action cinema that mocks gravity, both emotional and physical.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Listen, it's a fun movie. I should probably shut up and let you enjoy it.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Thumbing its nose at gravity, deflating Zen solemnity, embracing big-top artifice with childish glee, Kung Fu Hustle zings you with some of the most unfettered slapstick ever put on film.
David Edelstein - Slate
Viewers will discover that the film has something to offer nearly everyone, whether they are a novice or a black belt in kung fu cinema.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
With a delirious mix of the sublime and the silly, Hong Kong comedy king Stephen Chow Sing-chi has taken the kung fu comedy genre to new heights of chop-socky hilarity.
Andrew Sun - Hollywood Reporter
With Hustle's release on 2,000 U.S. screens this week, Americans get to see what's so funny about Chow. The laugh's on them for not noticing him before.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Does the plot spin out of control? You bet. But dumb fun this smart is a gift.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A lively, action-packed and witty piece of globalist entertainment.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Slapstick silliness and martial artistry of the highest calibre.
Dean Essner - Film4
A smart and very funny action comedy that will really knock your socks off.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The ever-shifting genre of martial arts films takes on yet another variation with writer/director/actor Stephen Chow's CGI spectacle infused comic Kung Fu adventure.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Gravity takes a backseat to levity.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Keeps the gags flying almost as rapidly as the fists.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A film that is geared simply, straightforwardly and, above all, honestly to providing absolute entertainment.
Keith H. Brown - Eye for Film
So disarmingly eager to please that only a stone-faced kung fu purist could object.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Trevor Johnston - Time Out New York
The laws of physics no longer apply, if they ever did; characters leap, run at neck-breaking speed, bash each other through several walls with one blow.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
While those who can't stand long fight scenes might find it a bit tiresome, everyone else is going to consider this a sweet, light-hearted martial arts treat.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Giant action sequences, funny characters, and, my favourite, a giant hand carved into the earth, whomping the bad guy into submission. So much fun.
Jason Gorber - Film Scouts
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
A strange, fun flick that loves its source material dearly, Kung Fu Hustle is destined to become a cult classic.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Simultaneously and paradoxically irreverent and loving. A terrific piece of cinematic entertainment
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Kung Fu Hustle flies by on bursts of dizzying slapstick invention. There's rarely a dull moment, but the wise-guy tone and the non-stop frenzy wear you down.
Kurt Loder - MTV
More like a cartoon populated with human actors.
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Invigorating, bombastic, out-there and very funny.
Simon Crook - Empire Magazine
A film where special effects erase physics and the constraints of the human body, there's absolutely no telling what will come next.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Dean Essner - AV Club
Few directors in world cinema are working so competently and consistently in any mode as Chow is in this one.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Kung Fu Hustle is made with such infectious humour and gee-whiz visuals it's easy to simply surrender all over again to Chow's brand of lunacy
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
"Hustle" attempts to bring a different style to the forefront of popular cinema but fails to be more than a shoddy mischaracterization of the Asian culture.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Dono de um senso de humor interessantissimo, Stephen Chow recorre constantemente ao absurdo para provocar o riso do espectador.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Stephen Chow is a nut--and I mean it with the utmost affection.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The best time you'll have at the movies all year.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
...it's so refreshing to see a movie willing to be spontaneous and uninhibited.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
A deliriously enjoyable roller-coaster ride of a movie, from which you're liable to emerge punch-drunk, grinning from ear to ear and demanding to go round again
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
What a good time. Got all those Lucas cooties out of my system, that's for sure.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Dean Essner - Time Out
Great fun, even if the genre-bending is a little grating.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
An entertaining theatrical outing that is always amusing and visually attractive.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Kung Fu Hustle is essentially one long computer-enhanced Looney Tunes punch-up - - and probably the most fun you'll have at the movies all year.
Paul Arendt - BBC
It's an explosion of solid silly fun.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
an overload of giddy action and physical comedy
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Exudes untroubled mirth.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
a maniacally comical blitzkrieg of slapstick humor, movie parody, musical numbers, and chop-socky action
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
An enjoyable but lightweight kung fu movie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Imagine a Jackie Chan movie on amphetamines and steroids with an LSD chaser, and you get some idea of what Stephen Chow's new movie Kung Fu Hustle is like.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The hugely enjoyable Kung Fu Hustle races across the screen in a colorful collage of various styles, from classic kung fu films to silent comedies to Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
What makes Chow unique, perhaps even revolutionary, is that he is the first movie comedian to consistently make hilarious use of digital effects.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The fighting scenes are so ridiculous that they ultimately achieve gloriousness...Kung Fu Hustle sweeps you away with its unrepentant silliness.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Alive with more wit and mischief than any movie to hit theaters so far this year.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
For all his cleverness and flights of fantasticated fancy, the director proves himself an unabashedly romantic filmmaker, and there aren't enough of those.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I can only assume Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle is the first chop-socky extravaganza to lift entire passages of dialogue from Jean Renoir's Rules Of The Game.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A film that is not only very entertaining, but also emotionally satisfying for a broad international audience.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As... Shawn of the Dead did for zombie pictures, Kung Fu Hustle does for chop sockey: both honor and spoof the genre that spawned it.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
You don't take any of this seriously for a minute, but you can't take your eyes off the screen.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Chow's aesthetic demands an appreciation of the absurd: The events are often silly even as the ideas and feeling behind them are not.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Not so much hustle, a lot of kung fu, and a surreal cartoon ride inbetween.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The heir apparent to Jackie Chan, [Stephen] Chow creates a world where kung fu comedy fuses with a Roadrunner cartoon and The Matrix ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Part live action cartoon, part love letter to the cinema, Kung Fu Hustle is one of a kind.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Can a movie be hilarious and violent simultaneously? Well, yes, if it's "Kung Fu Hustle."
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A lush piece of entertainment! Wow! Big action. Big comedy. Big heart. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll laugh and cry at the same time.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
...an exhilarating martial-arts extravaganza that barely allows pause for breath.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Stephen Chow's pure, pop blast of martial arts action, giddy physical comedy and sheer movie love bursts off the screen.
James Rocchi - Netflix
About the only thing missing is a good dose of fart jokes, but then this movie stinks enough without them.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Rock crumbles, wood splinters, and cartoon sound effects yelp in Chow's full-bore looney tune.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
You'll either love it or feel hustled.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
An entertaining cartoon, but if there is anything more to it than that, it gets lost in translation
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Satire, parody, slapstick and just plain comedy combine with some pretty spiffy martial arts moves to make this one of the season's most entertaining films.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
A brilliant kung fu "nonsense style" special effects action/comedy film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
[C]ompletely pointless except as a silly diversion... and that, when you need to check out from the all-too-palpable insanity of the real world... is a very good thing.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Le film transpire le plaisir.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Kung Fu Hustle, from Asian star Stephen Chow, is the sort of total entertainment package that tends to exhilarate the viewer or grind him down into a spent grist of weariness. Or even both.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Kung Fu Hustle isn't much more than a series of embellishments, but when you're talking about a movie that puts this much cartoon crunch into its violence, it may not matter.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Kung Fu Hustle is destined to be the next Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- a subtitled movie for people who don't do subtitles.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
For all its excitement Kung Fu Hustle is mostly a marvel of comedic ingenuity and mile-a-minute creativity run wild. You've never seen anything like it.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If anything, this Hustle is more frantic, more frenetic, more cartoonish - and more enjoyable - than filmmaker Stephen Chow's previous film, Shaolin Soccer.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Rockets forward on creative sparks of pure adrenaline and excitement we rarely find outside of carnival rides.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Here, finally, is the first must-see movie of 2005.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Toss into a blender Kill Bill, Roadrunner cartoons, the Matrix films and the complete Three Stooges and Jackie Chan collections, and push puree. Pour the result onto a movie screen and call it Kung Fu Hustle.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It may not be a classic, but 'Kung Fu Hustle' is a playful, unpredictable comedy, overflowing with the impishly clever personality of its maker.
Eric Melin - Kansas City Star
Chow packs a lot of action, a crazed cascade of comedy, a parade of characters and a non-stop barrage of loving jabs at classic martial-arts adventures into 99 minutes.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The humor may be lowbrow, but the Looney Tunes timing is impeccable.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It would seem all but impossible not to have a good time watching Kung Fu Hustle...
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
At times, Kung Fu Hustle feels like too much of a good thing.
Bruce Newman - Contra Costa Times
When I saw the woman drop a flower pot on her husband's head, a scene straight out of The Bank Dick, it struck me that Chow was channeling W.C. Fields.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Being a movie critic is like being a prospector: After almost 30 years of exploring terrain, you can stumble upon a streak of pure gold you've never seen. From the looks of Kung Fu Hustle, Stephen Chow is a mother lode.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's a wild laugh fest where anything goes and often does so at the speed of light.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Chow's comic flair calls to mind Jackie Chan at his pre-Hollywood peak.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Low-brow but involving, and never predictable, this is a feast even for those who can't stand subtitles.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Probably the most imaginative film thus far of 2005...
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Stephen Chow's giddy genre grab bag of a movie is infectiously silly, breathtaking and easily the most exhilarating pure kung fu movie in years.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
A slaphappy cartoon in any language...Thaaaat's all, folks.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
...it's a shame about the R rating: Most of these fights are so cartoony that there's no reasonable danger of children copying them, and they're sure to enjoy the movie.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Irresistibly peppy and absurd in all the right ways... guaranteed to deliver more innovative eye candy and smarter fun-per-second than most of this summer's fare.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
The second half suffers somewhat, but only in the sense that the inspired gags slow down to one or two per frame. More, please, and soon.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
The action is so absurd and clever that it taps the funny bone more than the adrenal glands.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Must we say it? Do the Hustle.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
a better movie for lovers of the kung fu genre because they'll get the jokes, but still funny
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Chow has created a hyper-animate fantasy world that honors kung fu movies as it satirizes them, and the similarities between it and a cartoon are entirely intentional.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
There's nothing in Kung Fu Hustle you haven't seen before, but you've never seen it put together in quite this way.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
(Kung Fu) Hustle is a rapid-paced conglomerate of action and laughs, mixed with special effects that look like they were lifted from a Warner Bros. cartoon.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A nonstop orgy of madcap martial arts mayhem.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Kung Fu Hustle is so over-the-top that it could break Sly Stallone's wrist and stall his big rig circa 1987...
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
While his film has no shortage of extraordinary special effects, they are musical rather than mechanical. They animate rather than stifle the imagination.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kung Fu Hustle has a new spin on an old genre...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The hugely enjoyable Kung Fu Hustle races across the screen in a colorful collage of kung fu films, silent comedies and Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Kung Fu Hustle is inventive, wild and completely pointless.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...has a nasty streak that is at odds with the otherwise genial mood Chow creates.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Hilarious, thrilling, toon-like martial arts flick that's an absolute joy to watch.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The film doesn't make much story sense at times, but it's a forgivable flaw as "Kung Fu Hustle" is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen in years
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's a short, sharp, shock to the cinematic system that's virtually impossible to dislike, and if you don't leave the theatre grinning your face off, then, buddy, movies just aren't for you.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The film mercilessly mocks martial arts films to such a divine degree that it manages to transcend the genre.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A deep river of imagination flows through Stephen Chow's indiscriminate fairy tale.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Chow's best all-around achievement, meshing a coherent story, character arcs..., and technical depth.
George Wu - culturevulture.net
When the villains of Kung Fu Hustle introduce themselves with a swishy line dance, you know you're in for something special.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
In the end what Chow has here is a good gag, not, as he seems to think, a genre.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
As an exercise in craftsmanship it's certainly a success, but in the end it offers lots of sound and fury but not a great deal else.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Don't expect a masterpiece of an action movie, but a masterpiece of a comedy that happens to take the martial arts as its theme.
J.J. Marley - Orlando Weekly
While it needs emotional coherence and better timing, it offers manic, madcap, wacky, over-the-top kung-fu justice.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Joyfully chaotic and impishly outrageous, Kung Fu Hustle has a schizophrenic imagination in the way it insists on presenting its wacky charm
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
It is everything KILL BILL wanted to be, but actually wasn't.
James O'Ehley - Movie Gurus
It is at once a coming of age story, a gangland epic, a martial arts melee, a romantic comedy and dissertation on spirituality.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
There is so much slapstick humor, so many comic book like characters and outrageous special effects that Kung Fu Hustle should easily cross demographics
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
I've never been a big fan of that over the top slapstick stuff.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The imagination lies not in the film's fight choreography, but in the way it mines Hollywood cliches for off-kilter comedy.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Kung Fu Hustle boasts not just audacious action, but tons of laughs, a likeable (in spite of himself) hero in the seemingly hapless Sing, and one kick-ass, foul-mouthed, and awe-inspiring Landlady.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
The first thing you see in this rock'em-sock'em kung fu picture is a butterfly.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
You don't have to be a kung-fu freak to revel in the film's energetic silliness, but it helps.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
An underdog story disguised as a fairy tale and an action-packed kung fu free-for-all, Hustle is simultaneously one of weirdest and most wonderful films of the year so far.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The soundtrack is cool, the action is hot, and the laughs are numerous. Step aside Jackie Chan; there's a new master in town.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Mayhem doesn't get much more fun than Kung Fu Hustle makes it.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Simple ideas resound the loudest in Hustle, never the overtly choreographed fights or blistering visual effects. Chow is at his best when it's just him to contend with.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
One thing's for sure, if you love cartoons, martial arts, humor and fun...this flick's for you.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
inspired silliness at 100 mph
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Chow knows what his audience wants, and what that audience wants appears to be utter comedic insanity.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
If the plot elements seem like a duck soup of every Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan picture ever conceived, they are lifted into a whole other stratosphere of ingenuity by Chow and his design team's indefatigable visual imagination.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
...half homage to old kung-fu movies, half sheer comic goofiness...
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
A delirious-verging-on-surreal send-up of Kung Fu attitudes and traditions mutated with a Tex Avery cartoon.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
An almost exhaustingly inventive action comedy that uses every available trick.
David Chute - L.A. Weekly
Kung Fu Hustle delivers as an action-comedy-musical. Its fiendishly entertaining most of the time, but its flimsy plot is a just an excuse for Chow's histrionics
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Derivative, repetitive, and over the top to the point of weariness.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Absurd insanity that would make even Jackie Chan gasp
Nick Schager - Filmcritic.com
With everything bigger and grander in Chow's singular universe, it's easy to overlook one small detail...that Kung Fu Hustle is less satisfying than its predecessors.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Stephen Chow's peculiar vision of an action - comedy - musical - drama. For over-the-top excess, this takes pride-of-place.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Wildly funny and inventive, a giddy re-imagining of martial-arts flicks that might be one of the most audaciously entertaining films of the year.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Avoids the slickness and self-congratulatory winks of many other comic action films.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A technically expert and visually seductive tour de force from someone who is very likely the funniest man in Asia.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
...like a smorgasbord of high-pitched artistry and homages...
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Chow's screen persona lies somewhere between the poise of Bruce Lee and the comedic timing of pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan, with a little Looney Toons thrown in for extra kick
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Not only is it hilariously funny, but it's also a fiendishly entertaining (albeit somewhat cartoonish) action movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's quite possible that we can hand the title Most-fun Movie of 2005 to this romp.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Like Shaolin Soccer, the film is positively insane, a genre-defying spectacle of postmodern signs colliding at rates seemingly faster than the speed of light.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The supreme battles are brushed away by the ultimate battles and the ultimate battles are pushed aside by even more absolute battles.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Brilliantly original and very highly recommended.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
Those looking for martial arts magic here will find they've been hustled, too.
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
Imagine a movie in which Wile E. Coyote, Jackie Chan and The Three Stooges share top billing. That's Kung Fu Hustle.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Stephen Chow masterfully blends and bends genres like no other, and Hustle is no exception.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy