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Fong juk (Exiled) Reviews

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Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
Exiled veers on the pretentious ...but the whole thing has such a humor about itself that it's hard to carp about it.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 21, 2007
An electric, inventive amalgam of gonzo violence and lyrical sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Johnny To's direction is as smooth as a well-cut suit and the violence has a balletic intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 2, 2007
A simmering pot of blood and yucks, accented with guitar and harmonica on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2007
Less a movie than a phantasmagorical dream synthesised from Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 14, 2007
The finale is a slow-motion tour de force that blends style, elegance and nuance of character in showers of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
September 13, 2007
A brilliant reminder of the glory days of Heroic Bloodshed ... call it a flashback, a comeback, or the end of an era; all I know is that I want to see it again.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 13, 2007
It's a fantasy of a crime epic, to be sure, but it's a glorious fantasy in which the unspoken bonds of brotherhood bathe every shootout and sacrifice in the light of myth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 12, 2007
... possibly the best work the prolific filmmaker has done. In addition to the masterful blend of humor and action ... Exiled is the most beautifully shot movie so far this year.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 8, 2007
It looks slick, but without a little more steak beneath that sizzle, the pretense becomes intolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 7, 2007
Exiled is creative and bizarre, maybe too bizarre, but since most action films adhere to a cookie-cutter formula, its quirkiness is most welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2007
To packs the moments of contemplation with as much suspense as the action sequences and is a master of ratcheting up tension through small details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 7, 2007
To is doing exquisite and exciting work at a mind-boggling rate.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 7, 2007
Johnnie To, the director, is highly respected in this genre, and I suppose he does it about as well as you'd want it to be done, unless you wanted acting and more coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
September 7, 2007
This 2006 Hong Kong-produced gangster film by director Johnnie To, set in Macao, is an entertaining product that presents a powerful artistic vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 7, 2007
Heroic redemption succeeding where several thousand rounds of 9 mm ammo fail, Exiled makes a mark with the last stand of pals doomed by fate and the changing hands of time.
| Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2007
The rest of the film can't possibly sustain the energy of the opening moments, but director To makes up for it with many beautifully understated scenes and performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 6, 2007
It's style over substance to be sure, but damn if it isn't a really cool style.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2007
Even those wary of [director] To's eastern/western ethos cannot help but admire the stern panache of the best sequences.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Ansen
September 6, 2007
This flamboyant, Peckinpah-ish ode to male bonding has a melancholy, fin de siècle splendor.
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