Legend of The Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Reviews

  • It's generally fun to watch Mr. Yen move and not much fun to watch him act, and "Legend of the Fist" is no exception.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • Anyone who's seen a martial-arts picture expects a certain amount of thumb-twiddling between the big numbers, but director Andrew Lau's handling of exposition is markedly poor.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • The result is disappointing.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • Although "Legend of the Fist" is slick, stylish and assured, it is also bloated and hollow, and seemingly without much sense of what actually is working.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • Adroit editing, camerawork and staging keep in step with Yen's formidable martial arts mastery, showcasing a talent on par with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

    Jay Antani — Cinema Writer

  • The movie only really comes to life when there's fighting on screen, which is unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected.

    Jeremy Heilman — MovieMartyr.com

  • ... a colorful and largely incoherent mess, less a movie than a collection of cannibalized ideas stitched together into something resembling a plot.

    Sean Axmaker — Parallax View

  • A heady blend of spy thriller, period piece political drama and martial arts action flick that reaffirms star Donnie Yen's quiet, universal charisma.

    Brent Simon — Shockya.com

  • Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.

    Peter Keough — Boston Phoenix

  • The calm, determined presence of Yen (following in the footsteps of Bruce Lee and Jet Li) pulls it all together, with major help from cinematographer-turned-director Andrew Lau Wai-Keung.

    Kelly Vance — East Bay Express

  • There's too much lustrous-hued loitering and too few martial-arts set pieces. This isn't another disposable B movie, though.

    David Edelstein

  • What appears to be going on behind the scenes is a distinctly anti-Japanese/anti-English nationalistic fervor disguised as historical action slugfest.

    Marc Savlov — Austin Chronicle

  • It's all a big cinematic jumble and, quite frankly, an expensive-looking mess.

    Doug Knoop — Seattle Times

  • A film with more ambition than coherence.

    Daniel Eagan — Film Journal International

  • There is a scene in the movie that is so visceral, it will make you forget about the high-flying silliness. That's the Donnie Yen I was waiting to see.

    Christopher Smith — Bangor Daily News (Maine)

  • Too bad the film surrounding the fight scenes is there to be tolerated rather than fully enjoyed.

    Ethan Alter — NYC Film Critic

  • Using not one but two world wars as backdrops, Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is an exhilarating kung fu romp.

    Mark Jenkins — NPR

  • For those who wished Ang Lee's 2007 historical romance Lust, Caution was instead Lust, Caution, Ass-Kicking, here's some good news.

    Noel Murray — AV Club

  • Yen has real star power, and the spectacle of him swooshing through the night like Spiderman or Batman is a pleasure that you don't have to feel too terribly guilty about, even as you wish the film made more sense.

    Shawn Levy — Oregonian

  • Legend of the Fist primarily functions as a rah-rah nationalist fable, and other than the sleek choreography during a WWI prelude and a ferocious finale, it's largely devoid of creative combat.

    Nick Schager — Time Out

Top Movies