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Finishing the Game Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 28, 2008
You can easily tell how great a time everyone is having, and it's infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 26, 2007
Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2007
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.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2007
A very funny, equal-opportunity broadside that targets Asian stereotyping, and not just by non-Asians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Wong
Film Threat
October 19, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
October 5, 2007
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
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 4, 2007
Ragged, spotty but shrewdly conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 4, 2007
A lot of the gags fall thuddingly flat, but a fair number of them also land squarely on target.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 2, 2007
A pleasant surprise with a high concept premise that allows for funnier situations and characters than some of Christopher Guest's last few offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2007
Good-naturedly confront issues of racism and the stereotyping of Asian-American actors to question whether the bad old days are really so far in the past.
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
January 26, 2007
Equal parts affectionately silly and insightfully satirical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 16, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 9, 2007
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 8, 2007
Misses more comic targets than it hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2007
There's about five minutes of funny in Finishing the Game, which leaves 83 minutes of "Oh, that same joke again, huh?"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
Intermittently funny at best, but mostly full of dead air.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 25, 2007
[T]here's little intriguing or surprising...
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 24, 2007
... too thin to sustain itself, even at a modest 83 minutes.
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