The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon (1985)

The TV prints of this entertaining melange whittled down the film's original self-serving title (Motown king Berry Gordy was the producer), and settled on merely The Last Dragon. Taimak stars as an African American martial-arts whiz, so… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 22, 1985
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Last Dragon is a flamboyant genre mashup brimming with style, romance, and an infectious fondness for kung fu, but audiences may find the tonal whiplash more goofy than endearing.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The Last Dragon is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and a very sweet one at that, and that's why its martial-arts combat scenes work so well. We've been given enough time to care about who's kicking the stuffing out of whom.

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Jeffrey Ressner
Hollywood Reporter

Though the humor in Dragon often falls flat (a Chinese fortune cookie factor is named "Sum Dum Goy," for instance) and the music is hardly memorable, the movie is a real charmer, full of heart and a lot of soul.

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Tony Mastroianni
Akron Beacon Journal

The Last Dragon tries to do a great many things and does none of them well.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

It's slick Motown stuff, shrewdly kept on a brightly colored comic strip level, so that its silly plot and wild swings between dancing feet and flying fists don't seem to matter as much as the attractiveness of the two leads.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Aka Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon and a sure sign that somewhere along the way the man from Hitsville USA lost it badly.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...has been saddled with an often egregiously over-the-top feel that slowly-but-surely invalidates its few positive elements.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

An intoxicating blend of comedy, kung fu, corny romance, special effects and rock videos, it's as electrically sleepless as the New York it's set against.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's so entertaining that I could almost recommend it -- if it weren't for an idiotic subplot about a gangster and his girlfriend, a diversion that brings the movie to a dead halt every eight or nine minutes.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a tantalizing glimpse at how things were supposed to go. It's the truth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
I remember seeing this movie when it first came out in theatres some 30 years ago,and it is enjoyable today as it was when it came out back in 1985. But in… More
James Alvarez
As far as black Karate movies with Bowler from Brisco County, this one is tops.
Cassandra Maples
Just watched this movie for the first time since I was a kid almost 20 years ago and I have to say what a great little movie it is. There is action from the… More
Sean Gillespie
Corny but a B-movie classic.
Steve K
Sho nuff! Gloriously cheesy and fun.
Brett Warren
Last Dragon, aah! The perfect grab-bag of late twentieth century pop culture craziness. Unlike other 80's martial arts films this one stands head and… More