True Legend Reviews

  • The fights in "True Legend" become pretty routine. And beyond some lovely mountain scenery and a tiny cameo by a radiant Michelle Yeoh, there isn't much else to look at.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • In countless over-the-top set pieces, Yuen delivers striking combat clarity without sacrificing the visceral editing and crazy digital effects of modern bloodbaths.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Fans who've been waiting 15 years for the director of "Drunken Master" to helm a new movie definitely won't be disappointed.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Pic's many satisfyingly kinetic action sequences and strong thesping (particularly by femme lead Zhou Xun) outweigh its uneven scripting and occasional ill-advised forays into CGI.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • Fans don't go to martial-arts movies for the story. They want action -- and Yuen doesn't disappoint.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • (True Legend movie review at Toronto Star)

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • Somewhere between masterful and messy, Yuen Woo-ping offers lots of kinetic kicks, but his CGI work deserves a kick in the pants.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • Diverting but unmemorable martial arts feature unlikely to become a classic.

    Justin Lowe — Hollywood Reporter

  • A hodgepodge of styles, "True Legend" works best as a freewheeling showcase for Yuen's dazzling fight sequences above any sort of cogent storytelling.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • Great fight scenes and diverse martial arts make for a very entertaining film.

    Amy Curtis — We Got This Covered

  • suffers from an erratic narrative pace, shoddy characters and an overuse of digital gimmickry, all of which create the impression of an ersatz epic spectacle

    Jay Antani — Cinema Writer

  • Serious to the point of silliness, True Legend offers nothing new, but it steals adroitly.

    Jim Slotek — Jam! Movies

  • Comes off less like the work of an old master and more like the mediocre imitation of one.

    Josh Bell — Las Vegas Weekly

  • This gnarly beast -- written by To Chi-long -- is epic in scope

    Frank Wilkins — Frank's Reel Reviews

  • Opting for craziness over coherence, True Legend at least expends its energy in the right place.

    Jesse Cataldo — Slant Magazine

  • The comedic touches humanize this ridiculously invincible warrior with self-destructive emotional flaws. Though Su's alcoholism that morphs into the triumphant martial arts moves Drunken Fist, like Depp's unbeatable inebriated pirate, are beyond silly.

    Prairie Miller — NewsBlaze

  • Yuen understands that martial arts sequences are more than bodies in motion, they are bodies telling stories in motion.

    Matt Singer — IFC.com

  • A bloated epic that never gets past the limits of a stilted set-up, and then damningly wears out its welcome with a plodding final act that offers none of the catharsis its makers seem to think it does.

    Brent Simon — Shockya.com

  • An exciting mix of the best of Old School kung fu cinema and new technology absolutely worth seeing on big screen. Pity that the film's terrible, tacked-on ending keeps True Legend from being truly legendary.

    Diva Velez — TheDivaReview.com

  • Bridged by rude comedy familiar to veteran viewers of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, True Legend is refreshingly unpretentious in comparison to the pompous nationalism of recent Chinese war spectacles like The Warring States.

    Vadim Rizov — Boxoffice Magazine

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