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Unleashed Reviews

August 17, 2007
Li's dramatic turn is no match for his fists of fury.
January 7, 2006
An intriguing little action thriller, a half-and-half story divided between sequences of vicious violence and quiet, wryly comic scenes of newfound domesticity.
September 27, 2005
There's a lot to enjoy in Unleashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 19, 2005
An incompatible marriage of film noir, Gothic fairytale and martial arts movie.
May 16, 2005
It's the same stuff that as we always get where like the henchman come up to him one by one.
May 14, 2005
The film contains enough quiet, reflective moments for us to become aware how preposterous the central conceit is, and that keeps us at arm's length. For a movie that strives to be in-your-face, that's too far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
A nice, violent little film about the redemptive powers of art and love.
May 13, 2005
A film that could use a little less conversation, a lot more action.
May 13, 2005
The movie would work better with fewer elements.
May 13, 2005
The movie doesn't make it, but there's enough going on to make it more arf than barf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Unleashed is that rarest of things: a violent movie that makes you think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
A clever, expertly done variation on the old (but always potent), monster/mad-scientist fairy tale.
May 13, 2005
Li and his Unleashed company have made a wildly entertaining piece of ultra-violence that also stands as a gleefully absurdist adventure story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
Unleashed is the kind of martial arts movie we would see if Tom Hanks could execute a flying spin kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
Not as much fun as Kung Fu Hustle, not as painterly as House of Flying Daggers or Hero, Unleashed is still a fascinating metaphor for the action star only allowed on screen to bust heads and break legs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 13, 2005
Even though the dramatic aspect doesn't quite click, it's a watchable experiment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
This one's strictly for the dogs.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 13, 2005
Let's just say that docility is not the best use of a martial artist's talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
Unleashed is one of those rare gems, a date movie with exploding squibs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2005
The insult in Unleashed comes not so much in having Li act like a dog but in refusing to let him be a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
It was only after [Li] came to America to do his high-flying thing that he was stripped of his personality. Here he gets stripped of his dignity as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 13, 2005
We have a ways to go before we can award weirdness honors for 2005, but Unleashed already qualifies for the short list.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 13, 2005
Unleashed serves two masters, each one disappointingly: It's a brutal series of over-amped fights, and it's a touching story of human nature at war with itself.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 13, 2005
Unleashed, which swiftly works its way to an over-the-top climax, is top-grade hokum. That's a compliment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2005
The silly, unconscionably entertaining action film Unleashed earns most of its juice from the martial-arts star Jet Li.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2005
The film is ingenious in its construction. It has all the martial arts action any Jet Li fan could possibly desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
Picture Of Mice and Men remade for the smash-mouth set and you have Unleashed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2005
Even with its clever gimmick, Unleashed is like an old dog: No new tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2005
Permeated with dark shadows that recall Frankenstein and The Elephant Man, Unleashed features a quite clever premise before detouring into a plot twist that should've been muzzled.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 11, 2005
[Has] three or four gangbusters action sequences, all of which are unexpectedly stomach-clenching.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 10, 2005
Missing from Unleashed is every hallmark of good filmmaking.
May 4, 2005
Jet Li lets fly with his fists and feet of fury. Which is all to the good. It's the sentimental story that screenwriter Luc Besson sandwiches in between fights that induces a gag reflex.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 17, 2005
The most interesting English-language film [Li] has made yet -- an action picture with the emotional simplicity of a bedtime story, painted in the grimy colors of the London underworld.
February 10, 2005
Auds craving for a mix of full-bore, Droog-style ultraviolence and shameless sentimentality made palatable by name thesps will find what they want in Jet Li showcase [Unleashed].