Vanguard

critic Reviews

, 26% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Vanguard isn't entirely bereft of fun for action fans, but only the most devout Jackie Chan fans will find much that's truly worth watching here.
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    Ignatiy VishnevetskyAV Club
    There's no reason why a movie that features Jackie Chan, lion attacks, and machete-wielding henchmen on Jet Skis should be as boring as Vanguard.
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    Chan's latest star vehicle didn't need to be anything more than a good work of propaganda, but it's not even compelling on those terms.
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    Dennis HarveyVariety
    The movie might've flown as a larky fantasy-adventure whatsit if it possessed any self-aware wit.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    Pretty dull and not much fun.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    "Vanguard" is... in line with [the] brand of amiable action mayhem Chan pioneered in 1980s vehicles like "Police Story" and "Project A," only not as good.
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    Elizabeth KerrHollywood Reporter
    Vanguard may attract the ultra-bored and/or stir crazy and devoted Chan fans, but those expecting to see the blazing acrobatics of his earlier work will be intensely disappointed.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Jackie Chan is still agile but this movie just limps along from comedy to drama, never knowing which side to choose.
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    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    Towards the end of the film there's a wild ride through a Dubai shopping mall, but I'd venture a guess that most viewers will never make it that far through this stinker.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCommon Sense Media
    Chan's globetrotting action movie features a few brief, impressive car chases and other light moments, but it's largely weighed down by poor writing, bland villains, and a nonsensical plot.
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    Jaby KoayGET Jaby
    Overall it was a really really fun package... but I really, really would have liked to have seen more martial arts stuff Jackie Chan stuff, fun goofy martial arts action.
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