Shiri Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2002
Features explosive effects and flashy action best viewed on a large screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2002
Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 14, 2002
It's a post-Cold War action yarn with a nose for Hong Kong-style melodrama, and a loopy cop drama with undeniable entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 16, 2002
Suffers from all the excesses of the genre.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 16, 2002
There's a neat twist, subtly rendered, that could have wrapped things up at 80 minutes, but Kang tacks on three or four more endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2002
A huge box-office hit in Korea, Shiri is a must for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 8, 2002
Sometimes makes less sense than the Bruckheimeresque American action flicks it emulates.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 7, 2002
The film actually gets to tackle some larger questions than one normally finds in the average fireball drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 7, 2002
There is a fine psychological thriller about divided loyalties and ambiguous identities buried with all the rubble and the maimed bodies, and Mr. Han and Ms. Kim play their slightly absurd roles with brisk sincerity
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2002
A beautifully tooled action thriller about love and terrorism in Korea.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2002
A superior political thriller in which jolting action strikes a balance with serious reflection and genuine emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2002
Will certainly appeal to Asian cult cinema fans and Asiaphiles interested to see what all the fuss is about.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 5, 2002
The script was reportedly rewritten a dozen times -- either 11 times too many or else too few.