A mysterious orb found in a junkyard is really a creature from outer space.
" China has a lot to answer for these days -- unsafe food exports, unsafe toys, Tibet. And now CJ7. "
" CJ7 is heavy on slapstick and may appeal to very young viewers who won't need to bother much with the subtitles. "
" Its occasionally endearing schmaltz is eclipsed by bizarre shifts in tone and a lackluster story. "
" For all its mawkish plot turns and indecipherable trippiness, this is not a boring movie. It's just wiggy. And schmaltzy. And Spielbergian. And, uh ... wait. I think I've got a Jujube in my teeth. "
" It's the low-tech side of Stephen Chow's fantasy that proves the most interesting. "
" Above all the movie has a heart, a mind and a gentleness of spirit that parents will welcome, while the frequent flights of fancy ensure that no child will be left behind. "
" CJ7 is too bizarre an amalgam of sappy sentimentality and life-on-the-streets edginess. "
" CJ7 is wildly entertaining at times, but when it comes to telling an actual story, Chow could use some tutoring from the clever folks at Pixar. "
" This is lesser Chow because there is less Chow. "
" What CJ7 ultimately reveals about global tastes is not just the triumph of Spielberg's brand of blockbuster imagineering, but of the Hollywood director's influence as a planter of undercurrents of class rage and incipient maturation. "
" The message, at least, is consistently and passionately delivered. But it's safe to say that this 90-minute flick doesn't require a very big thinking cap or much by way of analysis. "
" CJ7 is precisely the 80-something minutes of delirium and cheesy special-effects you'd expect from the man responsible for the chaos of Shaolin Soccer and the lunacy of Kung Fu Hustle. "
" Even with its flaws this comedy is more interesting kids' fare than most sanitized studio releases. "
" 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. "
" The presence of Xu Jiao, who never tips her gender for a moment, and is winsome without being cute, is enough to keep the audience watching. "
" I don't doubt [Stephen Chow's] talent. With this one, though, I doubt his story sense and his borderline-insane mixture of tones. "
" This is a fable of forgiveness and regeneration, but it delves into a child's deepest, darkest fears. Fortunately, things turn out OK in the end. "
" A wonderfully ridiculous homage to E.T. "
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