The Paper Tigers

critic Reviews

, 100% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Paper Tigers blends action, comedy, and heart to produce a fresh martial arts movie with plenty of throwback charm.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a real solid Kung Fu butt-kicker, except that it's funny in that Karate Kid and Rumble in the Bronx kind of way.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    Funniest of all is "Enter the Dojo" star Matthew Page, who seems to have made a whole career out of caricaturing the recognizable phenomenon of the white guy who turns Asian cultural appropriation into a lifestyle.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    The Paper Tigers isn't exactly the most challenging action movie, but it is comforting whenever it most needs to be.
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    Michael OrdoñaLos Angeles Times
    "Paper Tigers" may not be a deep comment on aging or friendship, but it has enough humor and action to make it worth a few rounds.
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    Beatrice LoayzaNew York Times
    Bao's lighthearted, refreshing approach neither succumbs to whitewashing nor the model-minority myth. The film sticks to the action-comedy basics, which is just fine.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    While it rambles on too long, Tran Quoc Bao's crowd-pleaser about a middle-aged trio of former childhood kung fu competitors reuniting after their master's death is as entertaining as it is predictable.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The Paper Tigers plays with kung fu tropes and upends a lot of these stereotypes with a story that skillfully blends gripping action, emotional authenticity, and the right amount of comic relief.
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    Amanda MazzilloFilm Inquiry
    The Paper Tigers is an enjoyable action-comedy exploring the different ways people change over time. Tran Quoc Bao creates an exciting and interesting world filled with Kung Fu and friendship.
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    Robert HortonThe Scarecrow
    Throw in a non-postcard approach to Seattle's Chinatown/International District, and the director's canny sense of comic timing, and you've got a sleeper on your hands.
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    John SerbaDecider
    Stirs up enough goodwill and positive representation to elicit a recommendation.
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