• Exiled
    2 minutes 3 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Fong juk (Exiled) Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Johnnie To, the director, is highly respected in this genre, and I suppose he does it about as well as you'd want it to be done, unless you wanted acting and more coherence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2007
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

It looks slick, but without a little more steak beneath that sizzle, the pretense becomes intolerable.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C+

September 8, 2007
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

...Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. Like in a Sergio Leone movie, all the characters try to strike iconic poses, clad with shades, munching on cigars, tilted gun in hand.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

April 23, 2007
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine

With not enough balls to be fun, and not enough brain to be cerebral, there's not much going on behind those pained Western expressions to entertain.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

Nothing but a series of repetitive gunfights and bad conversations.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...heavy on style but disappointingly low on substance.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2006
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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One of those wearisome Hong Kong action movies where characters engage in Mexican standoffs not so much to ratchet up excitement or generate tension but rather to look cool for as long as possible.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

August 29, 2007
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com

Saved by set-piece action.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2007
Ceri Thomas
Total Film

offers no decent characters, crawls along and often doesn't make sense - it's simply a mechanism to deliver a gun battle every 20 minutes. Those shootouts are good, just not good enough to stop you looking at your watch.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2007
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

An acquired taste with its quirky camaraderie and forced humor.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

August 13, 2007
George Wu
culturevulture.net

Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

March 12, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Even those wary of [director] To's eastern/western ethos cannot help but admire the stern panache of the best sequences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2007
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical

While certainly an entertaining enough romp through the world of bullet-defying tough guys, the movie could use perhaps 10% more action or 15% less chit-chat.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 20, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A terrific ensemble gangster movie with dark humor amid tragic circumstances.

September 13, 2006
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com

a moody crime drama that doubles as a revolutionary political allegory - ringing the changes on China's evolving reunification even as it longs for a future that will return to the noblest values of the past.

Full Review Source: musicOMH.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 15, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An electric, inventive amalgam of gonzo violence and lyrical sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

December 21, 2007
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

Ballet-like bloodsport reminiscent of the eye-pleasing, if gratuitous, gore of such over-stimulation mavens as John Woo and Sam Peckinpah. Taut testosterone-sodden titillation, if graphic gunplay's your pleasure.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 29, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Less a movie than a phantasmagorical dream synthesised from Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 14, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The rest of the film can't possibly sustain the energy of the opening moments, but director To makes up for it with many beautifully understated scenes and performances.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 6, 2007
Derek Elley
Variety
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