Kung-Fu Yoga Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The movie begins so abruptly that you feel like you’ve started watching episode no. three of a show by mistake. Director Stanley Tong unloads a ton of information on you in the first ten minutes, leaving you half-confused and already half-disinterested.
Kung-Fu Yoga Review by Madhusree Ghosh on Hindustan Times
If only the film were equipped with anything resembling a coherent plot. There are no thrills, or spills. None of the joyous laughter we have come to expect from a Jackie Chan. Instead you have Sonu Sood in another wasted opportunity, and a whole bunch of clichés about India that are frankly more tiresome than funny. Apart from a vague mention of a breathing technique, the film has no connection whatsoever with yoga either.
Kung-Fu Yoga Review by Anusha Iyengar on Bollywood Life
The film promises and man, there’s action! Watching Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu movies is worth all the money you spend on the film. The film is also visually good and there is humour at the right places. The second half of the film will literally make you nostalgic if you were a 90s kid who loved the idea of solving crimes or puzzles. Or if you loved watching those game shows on television where participants would have to unlock mysteries to find the hidden treasure. Thankfully, there are no unnecessary songs or romantic scenes in the film and it focuses on the plot completely. It’s a complete entertainment package. It’s a lighthearted film that you can definitely watch with your kids. Disha plays a rather strong woman and not a damsel in distress which adds to the charm in the film. You will also see her fighting the bad guys.
Kung-Fu Yoga Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
A dizzyingly fast-paced but musty mish-mash of martial arts, stunts and comedy, Kung Fu Yoga isn’t the kind of film that has any time to pause and ponder. Neither, obviously, would its audience be inclined to seek deeper meaning in its fantastical narrative construct. The breathless pace that Kung Fu Yoga sets obviates the possibility of the audience fully grasping what is unfolding on the screen.
Review by IANS on Zeenews
Never mind. This is mindless entertainment at its brainless best, topped up by a kind of foamy salute to Indo-Chinese kinship that would at best, be as serviceable as a picnic up the Himalaya where revellers from both the countries are invited. The party mood never forsakes “Kung Fu Yoga”. Director Stanley Tong gives Sonu Sood a chance to battle Jackie. Jackie gets tit for tat, ‘Sood samet’.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Kung Fu Yoga, which is a cheat title, because it has barely any yoga and a lot of jaded Kung Fu moves, does nothing but put you to sleep. Chan plays a great Chinese archaeologist in search of lost treasure. A mo cap (motion capture) flashback tells a convoluted tale of Indian royals wandering about icy mountain caves in Tibet, with Chan showing the way.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
this is probably the worst of Jackie Chan movies. Looks like, he took Bollywood too seriously! He is cute while dancing but nothing will get in your head because he is talking and singing in Chinese. Though the film got the biggest opening ever in his homeland China, it lacks logic in every aspect. He will surely impress the kids, must say. Disha Patani and Amyra Dastur look just pretty and the two have nothing much to act. Sonu Sood has played the villain several times before in our Hindi films but you will see him in an English-speaking villain’s avatar for the first time and it is a total disgrace to the language. He is unpleasant to the core in his act. His sudden transformation from a villain to a good guy is laughable. ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ is definitely a waste of time but can recommend to kids over the weekend. Don’t expect logic even for a second, or else you will come out scratching your head.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
There’s much Kung Fu. What about the yoga? No, seriously. What about the yoga? You’re thinking now. That’s your bad. You can just about tell where this film is coming from. Never mind where this picture is going—dubbed into English and various Indian languages, from Mandarin. Maybe the potential 2.5 billion cinema audiences that comprise India and China together—if you totally ignore Hollywood, which anyway draws 70 per cent of its revenues from outside America? Maybe. The economics of this pic does make sense. At the centre of this geopolitical tectonic shift is actor Sonu Sood—poor man’s young Amitabh Bachchan, on a horse, holding a falcon in his hand, like Big B from ‘Mard’, taking on Jackie Chan. Good stuff, yo. The rest of this movie just reminded me of any other episode from the Pamela Anderson show VIP from the ’90s. You remember that? I seriously don’t know why I do.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Jackie is energetic as ever, but the man looks quite jaded and leaves his younger co-stars to execute most of the action sequences. Sood looks quite dashing but hams like there is no tomorrow and his diction is unintentionally funny. Disha and Amyra look pretty enough. Though the visual effects are decent enough, what leads to the film’s undoing is a loose plot and an uninspired execution. Most of the scenes are disjointed and for some reason, the makers thought that they could impress viewers by showing them levitating monks and the ‘Indian Rope Trick’ (Guys, this is 2017, for crying out loud!!). The action scenes are somewhat decent (specially the car chase sequence with an unexpected backseat passenger), but in the absence of a strong plot or interesting characters, the action scenes too don’t make much of an impact as such.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Jackie Chan’s exuberance and unmatched energy at the age of 62 is commendable to the highest level and here we see his dance moves too and the master is just terrific. Sonu Sood can thank his stars for sharing space with Jackie Chan and that’s the benefit of becoming a producer erstwhile it would have remained a dream. Disha Patani looks pretty and has a meaty role. Amyra Dastur looks beautiful and has her moments. Chinese comedian Zhang Guoli is strictly okay while Aarif Lee Rahman and Eric Tsang do their part with sincerity. Technically polished, Horace Wong lenses give a postcard feel. Tong, Chan stunts are crowd pleasing. Apart from the funny use of cobras that was unnecessary plus the political statement made by Asmita during her introduction to Jack, KUNG FU YOGA takes the audience for a ride. Sonu Sood’s palace where he pets Lions and Hyenas is said to be in Rajasthan but actually it seems to be shot in Dubai.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
For Jackie Chan fans, this one will be disappointing. Not that the karate kid has now become a Kung Fu grandpa but the fact that the legendary actor is reduced to films such as this one. While he still has the moves (and they’re not as jaded as Jagger yet), this one barely allows him to flex much else. For Sonu Sood, this seems like a fantasy — crossing fists with the most revered big screen champion of Kung Fu. But sadly, his lines, like the script of this film, lack punch. “Some call it destiny, some call it meant to happen, but I call it make it happen,” is just one of many that make you shrink your nose. Disha Patani, who has a few more lines than others in the film, is unobjectionable, even if a tad stereotyped (every contemporary Indian princess isn’t as bejeweled all the time), while Amyra Dastur is largely hired to smile through the proceedings. Apart from Kung Fu, Chan also mastered parkour even before the term was coined. In his films, he experimented with freestyle running, hopping over walls, vehicles and everything that would obstruct his path. You should too — only in the opposite direction from the multiplex that’s screening this film.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
Kung Fu Yoga further embarrasses itself by assuming there’s still an audience for India as a country of attention-seeking snakes, rope tricks mid-air suspended sadhus and royalty that looks straight out of a garishly-dressed mannequin off S V Road. Worn down by shabby aesthetics and absurd mumbo jumbo, Kung Fu Yoga assaults both senses and soul. Not a combination you want to try.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Sadly for us Jackie Chan himself, whose winning cocktail of go-for-broke physical comedy and life-risking stunt work turned him from a local Chinese star into a beloved Hollywood action hero, appears to be in autopilot mode here. His once impeccable timing is no longer split-second, and gone is that scrappy underdog charm that endeared him to the fans. The only time I had a good laugh was watching his expressions fly as he sportingly shook a leg in the film’s big Bollywood-style dance number. Kung Fu Yoga is a disappointment for Jackie Chan fans. The actor deserves better, and so do we.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
There are three Chinese and one Indian sidekicks whose action sequences with Hyenas is exhausting to say the least. Also opening this week is the Chinese American collaboration movie called The Great Wall which also falter because the plots is weak and the action is boring. Looks like film-makers need to get their act together and realise just marketing means nothing if the content is so banal. Wait for the film to show up on cable.
Best Rated Films in 2017
- Kaabil – 3.2 stars
- Haraamkhor – 3 stars
- Raees – 2.9 stars
- Ok Jaanu – 2.5 stars
- Coffee With D – 1.5 stars