Formosa Betrayed Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 21, 2011
Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2010
...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 18, 2010
Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 15, 2010
The sturdy political thriller Formosa Betrayed is laudable for adding the voice of native Formosans to the usual two-sided debate that reaches the American media.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 8, 2010
It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 2, 2010
Formosa Betrayed is a history lesson dressed up as an action movie. The lesson is pretty interesting; the movie is just the far-fetched plot it hangs on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 2, 2010
As thrillers go, this one is lacking in edge-of-the-seat moments. It just never ignites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
April 2, 2010
A movie that shows us the desperation and danger of living under martial law in Taiwan during the early '80s, yet somehow never delivers the emotional gut punch the subject matter deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2010
Formosa Betrayed, a ho-hum college history lecture about modern Taiwan awkwardly disguised as a political thriller, has its heart almost in the right place.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
In general, the pacing of the action is sluggish. Moreover, stylistic flourishes are distracting rather than enhancing.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 25, 2010
When you hear dialogue like: "So, what do you know about the history of my country?" you know you're in for a whole lot of exposition
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 21, 2010
Actor/co-screenwriter/producer Will Tiao's heartfelt agitprop history-lesson about Taiwan is a tightly wound thriller that takes no prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 19, 2010
Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2010
Formosa Betrayed begins rather awkwardly, but ends by making a statement that explains a great many things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
March 6, 2010
A riveting thriller offering an array of history lessons and teachable moments about freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 26, 2010
Only viewers wondering if James Van Der Beek has finally outgrown "Dawson's Creek" will be at all satisfied by this dreadful police procedural that contains good history lessons and bad TV-cop-show drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2010
This is a lot of Graham Greene hugger-mugger, the tale of a rube who believes that he can do good abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
February 26, 2010
As a political thriller, Formosa Betrayed has enough suspense and intrigue to pull viewers along willingly. It doesn't try too hard, which is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2010
A mostly pedestrian political thriller whose basis in true events adds little to the film's excitement or entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 26, 2010
The movie is a sturdy entry in the paranoid-thriller genre, and raises some interesting issues about our relationship with the country we used to call China.
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