Parents' Guide to

Bulletproof Monk

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent but cool martial arts movie.

Movie PG-13 2003 104 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat movie

bloody but great but if you are 11 or under in the words of the movie "it's gunna cut your balls off".
age 11+

VERY VIOLENT

Enter Review Here We love the main character -- a monk who never hurts anyone -- but we wondered why there was over-the-top violence in a movie like this that basically had good messages for young teens. Half send up, half action flick, this had SO much potential, but a scene with TORTURE in it really put off me and my tweener kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Chow Yun-Fat, as ever, has all the presence it takes to make the screen come alive. Here is how cool Hong Kong action superstar Chow is: while clearly capable of outshining just about anyone and anything in movies today, instead he manages to somehow shine his coolness over everything around him, making action heroes out of Seann William Scott (of Dude Where's My Car and American Pie) and model-turned actress Jamie King (Pearl Harbor). The result is a popcorn pleasure, an action movie with a little wit, a lot of spirit, and some kick-butt kick-boxing.

Scott has shown an appealing comic presence in previous movies, but I would never have expected him to be able to carry a leading role as well as he does here. He is buff and he is game. He is confident enough not to take himself seriously, and he does very well. King, playing a "Bad Girl" (that's her nickname) with a secret, handles herself well. She and Kar fight as a way of getting to know one another (as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck did in Daredevil), so their thrusts and parries help to tell the story. The fight scenes in BULLETPROOF MONK are staged wonderfully, and the production design is outstanding, especially the underground lair of a ragtag bunch of scoundrels who live in subway tunnels. The dialogue is not completely embarassing, which makes it a big step up from most action films.

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