The Killer Reviews

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September 8, 2017
A pointless exercise in style.
September 8, 2017
One of the best action films ever made.
September 8, 2017
The work of a filmmaker operating at the highest level of his abilities.
April 16, 2015
Like any true artist, Woo didn't satisfy himself with merely copying his heroes: he transcended them with his own ideas and innovations.
June 30, 2014
For all the bullets that are spent, The Killer spends just as much time ruminating on the likes of honor, friendship and even the allure of guns themselves
February 3, 2011
One of the few films to hold a legitimate claim to the title of Greatest Action Movie of All Time.
January 27, 2011
The gotterdamerung of the Hong Kong heroic bloodshed cycle.
July 6, 2010
Melodramatic from the start, it finally goes over the top to deliver a solid emotional punch.
April 7, 2010
For as over the top as [Woo's] shootouts tend to be, the ones in The Killer are some of his most excessive.
April 29, 2009
Another of [Director] Woo's early masterpieces with Chow Yun Fat at the top of his game...
November 28, 2008
March 1, 2007
It's as much a doomed romance as a shoot-'em-up.
March 1, 2007
A lot of claims have been made for this campy bloodbath concerto by Hong Kong director John Woo, and I must admit that he's even better than Brian De Palma at delivering emotional and visceral excess with staccato relentlessness.
October 23, 2006
Woo has cited Sam Peckinpah and Martin Scorsese as two of his influences, but he has established a touch all his own.
February 11, 2006
The director repeatedly places the viewer at the center of the crossfire and turns the gyrating camera into the next best thing to a lethal weapon.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen.
February 3, 2006
[It] makes The Wild Bunch climax look lethargic by comparison.
September 20, 2005
June 11, 2005
An explosive, highly-entertaining actioner
June 6, 2005
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