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Iron Monkey

action & adventure, foreign


With sensational, nonstop martial arts excitment supplied by the acclaimed choreopgraher of THE MATRIX and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, IRON MONKEY is the spirited tale of a mysterious and mythical Chinese legend.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    87%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 26
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  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: While purists may balk at not getting Yuen Woo-ping's complete "vision" here, Iron Monkey manages to make its case, even within the mangled material provided.

- Bill Gibron, PopMatters, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was like fusion food, Chinese for Western tastes. Now, get ready for the real thing.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 12, 2001

Fresh: The story is fairly generic, but plot has as little to do with the pleasures of kung fu movies as story lines do in musicals.

- Dave Kehr, New York Times, Friday, October 12, 2001

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Super fun times, just avoid Miramax hack version. They ruined the cantonese track with the overblown sound effects they added.

- DragonEyeMorrison, Saturday, September 24, 2011

3 stars

Hong Kong kung-fu madness with a Robin Hood themed story. Highly regarded by martial-arts fans, and yeah, the fight scenes are spectacular, as you'd expect from legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping who has worked in both Asia and Hollywood orchestrating some of the most impressive action sequences ever recorded on film. It's easy to see the influences this film had on the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The story and dialogue are very basic though and it's a script a 10 year-old could easily come up with. It's worth watching just for the action.

- WrenchLT, Sunday, April 24, 2011

4 stars

yuen woo-ping is the man. another masterfully choreographed film - the kung fu in this film is just mind blowing. i love watching donnie yen on screen and the scenes featuring a young wong fei-hung were incredibly believable. i loved this kung fu robin hood/superhero story. one of my favorite films.

- sanjurosamurai, Monday, January 17, 2011