Fong juk (Exiled) Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
A simmering pot of blood and yucks, accented with guitar and harmonica on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 14, 2007
The finale is a slow-motion tour de force that blends style, elegance and nuance of character in showers of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2007
Exiled is creative and bizarre, maybe too bizarre, but since most action films adhere to a cookie-cutter formula, its quirkiness is most welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2007
To packs the moments of contemplation with as much suspense as the action sequences and is a master of ratcheting up tension through small details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2007
This 2006 Hong Kong-produced gangster film by director Johnnie To, set in Macao, is an entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2007
Even those wary of [director] To's eastern/western ethos cannot help but admire the stern panache of the best sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
September 6, 2007
This flamboyant, Peckinpah-ish ode to male bonding has a melancholy, fin de siècle splendor.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 31, 2007
It's a boozy, weekend-bender of an action flick, lovely to look at and perhaps just a little bit silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 31, 2007
Exiled is a grabber from start to finish that should win new fans for cult-favorite To.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 31, 2007
The Macao settings are beautifully rendered, and the dark humor is often very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 31, 2007
This tale of childhood buddies turned hit men is the kind of film where flames roar, waves crash and dropped bullets thud like bowling balls.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 30, 2007
I'd put [Johnnie] To's Exiled into the category of Hong Kong movies that even people who think they don't care about Hong Kong movies should see.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2007
If you've never seen a Johnnie To crime picture, Exiled is a simple, stylish, and utterly delightful introduction.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 14, 2007
It's cool, thematically involving, knowing and sustained in its tension. Are you watching, Michael Mann?
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
A terrific ensemble gangster movie with dark humor amid tragic circumstances.