Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal) Reviews

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 18, 2008
Those with a taste for bone-crushing martial arts executed with real skill and flair are not likely to find anything better on American screens for some time.
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
March 15, 2008
Catch this one in theatres while you have the chance. The breathless, breakneck action of Flash Point can only truly be appreciated 40 feet high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 14, 2008
There's nothing that I dislike about FLASH POINT, but I do wish it could be even more than it is
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 14, 2008
Donnie Yen is famous for combining martial arts traditions into his own unique fighting style and Collin Chou, who studied with Sammo Hung, is up to the task of holding his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2008
Yen has developed a recent passion for mixed martial arts, and his more traditional punches and flying kicks are supplemented by some close-quarters Muay Thai kicks and even some jujitsu submission holds. Ultimate Fighting Championship fans will be happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2008
Finally -- with barely a half-hour left to go, Donnie Yen does his thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 13, 2008
Outside of the fights, the film is by the numbers, but it's an okay set of numbers to be guided by.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2008
a plot of nail-biting tension
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 13, 2008
If you're a fan of Hong Kong police flicks, then you know that at any given moment, it seems like 50 percent of the force is deep undercover in the triads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
I really wanted to see a fun mindless martial arts film. But the story is so familiar that it beoomes boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 25, 2008
It's all about the extensive climax, a gunfight turned mixed martial arts throwdown.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 21, 2008
Insensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 17, 2008
Considerably more importance is placed on the chops and the socks than the story, and yet the action sequences aren't terribly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 14, 2008
Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 14, 2008
Not even a choice ass-whupping can make up for the plodding familiarity that precedes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
March 14, 2008
What we have here, from the chop-socky point of view, isn't a feature film; it's a YouTube video.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 14, 2008
Flash Point plays like the last hurrah of a criminal underclass facing the inevitable shrinking of its bottom line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
March 11, 2008
Nothing more than a dumb action picture with delusions of Johnnie To-dom.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 5, 2008
Like the mixed martial arts it showcases, Flash Point espouses the belief that there's nothing quite as entertaining as uninhibited brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
January 7, 2008
Fans of the genre will likely leave it satisfied, although it's not as likely that they'll feel satisfied the whole time they're watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
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