Vengeance (Fuk sau) Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 1, 2011
To does a fantastic job of providing a good sense of style and structure to the numerous action scenes, but they're not over the top or cartoonish.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
December 18, 2010
Resting firmly on this relentless pacing, Vengeance becomes obsessed with the lasting effect of vengeance on the traditional machinations of plot and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
December 10, 2010
Grieving father hires three hit men to avenge his daughter's family. Accomplished thriller marks Hong Kong director Johnnie To's first European co-production.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 10, 2010
Few directors make ac tion movies with the pizazz of Hong Kong's Johnnie To...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 9, 2010
Both newcomers to Mr. To and longtime admirers should be prepared for a master class in directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
December 8, 2010
You need to be one helluva director to pull off using kids' stickers as a climactic plot point; this auteur makes it look like child's play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 7, 2010
Vengeance tempers tough-guy sentimentality with schoolyard existentialism.
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
November 18, 2010
Gaunt and weathered, Hallyday is superb casting... and slips right in to [Johnnie] To's brand of taciturn camaraderie and silent communication...
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Johnny Hallyday and Johnnie To's glorious throwback to bitter bullets and bloody revenge
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 19, 2010
Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker To mixes the grand gestures of John Woo with the tactics of Christopher Nolan's Memento; the result ranges from the silly to the sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
To's smooth, balletic style, noirish lighting schemes and compositions are made for the big screen...
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 10, 2010
To's focus is less about gunning down the bad guys - although there's plenty of that - than crystallizing with precision the visceral sensations surrounding violence, and the many metaphysical looming silences in between, as if lyrical canvases in motion.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2010
A formula thriller done as an elegant genre exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 10, 2010
More than once does To's grandiose imagism miraculously grant this rote thriller a gleam of the sublime.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 4, 2010
To derives from maestro John Woo and there is much influence by the older filmmaker in the spirit of the film. This is not necessarily a bad thing but more originality would have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 4, 2010
Director Johnnie To...delivers a terrific Asian noir featuring stunning cinematography, balletic gunplay...and a better than average story that harkens back to the 2003 Dutch/Belgian "The Memory of a Killer"
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 15, 2010
much as To inverted the policier with a Mad Detective, here he presents us with the genre-subverting paradox of a forgetful avenger, determined to find satisfaction, but unable to remember for what or from whom.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 16, 2009
...the movie doesn't entirely go off the rails until the first major shoot-out rolls around...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 18, 2009
If indeed there is anything surprising about this cliché-packed genre fare, it's the degree to which To and his screenwriter Wai Ka-Fai are prepared to indulge their flair for the ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 17, 2009
To's visual style and soundscapes and the choreography of the film's bullet ballet provide reasons to watch, but the contrived plot, some wooden English dialogue and Hallyday's stilted perfomance derail proceedings well before the final showdown.
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