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The latest film from Stephen Chow, director of the critically-acclaimed international smash, Kung Fu Hustle, is this family-friendly actioner in which Chow stars as an impoverished father struggling to raise his young son on his own. Although he can't afford to buy his boy the best things in life, their meager existence perks up when dad brings home a strange alien object he has scavenged from the trash on the street. The object ends up turning into a cute little creature that is way better than the robot-dog toy the boy's classmate has. Special effects and a genuinely warm and fuzzy theme, highlighted by some wacky antics, make this a most memorable viewing experience.
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh:-Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, November 16, 2011
Fresh: With its fast action, cute critters and schoolyard antics, children and fans of Kung Fu Hustle should enjoy Stephen Chow's CJ7, which further cements his reputation as a commercially gifted director.-James Mottram, Film4, August 08, 2008
Fresh: Chow's film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. A kids' comedy with a heart.-Derek Adams, Time Out, August 08, 2008
Rotten: There are some nice surreal touches, such as getting enormous adults to play two of the eight-year-olds. But I can't forgive Chow for a misjudged and frankly offensive ending, which is culpably evasive about the reality of life and death.-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], August 08, 2008