• Unrated, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Justin Lin
    In Theaters:
    Jan 21, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 24, 2008
  • IFC First Take


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Finishing the Game Reviews

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Don Willmott

You can easily tell how great a time everyone is having, and it's infectious.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 28, 2008
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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This tedious mockumentary isn't even as entertaining as one of Ed Wood's actual films, and once-promising director Justin Lin has some karma to square for fumbling such a sure thing.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 16, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

What exactly he's trying to say about Bruce Lee's fame and impact or the banal reality of genre moviemaking is unclear at best.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

November 15, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The pace is flat, the celebrity cameos go nowhere, and the smugness of Lin's observations of Asian-Americans and Hollywood smothers the comedy.

| Original Score: 1/4

November 9, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Misses more comic targets than it hits.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There's about five minutes of funny in Finishing the Game, which leaves 83 minutes of "Oh, that same joke again, huh?"

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

November 1, 2007
Beth Accomando

Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system.

October 26, 2007

Los Angeles Times
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Intermittently funny at best, but mostly full of dead air.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

October 26, 2007
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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The breezy tone and obvious fun being had by the cast make Finishing the Game a slight, low-key cool cinematic essay on identity politics.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 25, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[T]here's little intriguing or surprising...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 25, 2007
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... too thin to sustain itself, even at a modest 83 minutes.

October 24, 2007
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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A very funny, equal-opportunity broadside that targets Asian stereotyping, and not just by non-Asians.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2007
Jeff Wong
Film Threat

The premise was so golden and in front of our noses for so long, it's amazing that is has taken this long for someone to do it. I'm still upset that it wasn't me.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a wasted idea.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

The main reason that I didn't like Justin Lin's new film Finishing the Game is because I wasn't sure at any time what he was trying to make...

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 9, 2007
Cole Smithey

Besmirching Bruce Lee's name like this should be a punishable offense.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

October 8, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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What little potential there is ends up squandered within nanoseconds; as both a parody and a polemic, the film is finished before it's barely begun.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

October 6, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It feels as though everyone involved was having a rollicking good time, and while the film itself is wildly uneven, Lin and company get in a few pointed jabs at Hollywood fatuousness and self-delusion, cultural stereotypes and '70s fashions.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2007
Gary Goldstein

Call it a comic documentary, a true-life comedy, or a Hollywood satire, but however you karate chop this one, it's a kicky, clever, highly amusing romp.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 5, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Finishing The Game doesn't get anywhere that Hollywood Shuffle didn't go to first.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

October 5, 2007
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