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Formosa Betrayed Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

September 21, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

November 25, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

July 18, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2010
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 8, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2010
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

As thrillers go, this one is lacking in edge-of-the-seat moments. It just never ignites.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 2, 2010
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 2, 2010
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

April 1, 2010
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

In general, the pacing of the action is sluggish. Moreover, stylistic flourishes are distracting rather than enhancing.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

March 25, 2010
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

March 25, 2010
Cole Smithey

Actor/co-screenwriter/producer Will Tiao's heartfelt agitprop history-lesson about Taiwan is a tightly wound thriller that takes no prisoners.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

March 21, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

March 19, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Formosa Betrayed begins rather awkwardly, but ends by making a statement that explains a great many things.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2010
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

A riveting thriller offering an array of history lessons and teachable moments about freedom.

Full Review Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 6, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

February 26, 2010
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine

This is a lot of Graham Greene hugger-mugger, the tale of a rube who believes that he can do good abroad.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2010
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2010
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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A mostly pedestrian political thriller whose basis in true events adds little to the film's excitement or entertainment value.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2010
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 26, 2010
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