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Fong juk (Exiled) Reviews

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Top Critic
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
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+
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
April 23, 2007
...Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns. Like in a Sergio Leone movie, all the characters try to strike iconic poses, clad with shades, munching on cigars, tilted gun in hand.
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
June 15, 2007
With not enough balls to be fun, and not enough brain to be cerebral, there's not much going on behind those pained Western expressions to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 6, 2007
Nothing but a series of repetitive gunfights and bad conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 19, 2006
...heavy on style but disappointingly low on substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
One of those wearisome Hong Kong action movies where characters engage in Mexican standoffs not so much to ratchet up excitement or generate tension but rather to look cool for as long as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
June 15, 2007
Saved by set-piece action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ceri Thomas
Total Film
June 15, 2007
offers no decent characters, crawls along and often doesn't make sense - it's simply a mechanism to deliver a gun battle every 20 minutes. Those shootouts are good, just not good enough to stop you looking at your watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 13, 2007
An acquired taste with its quirky camaraderie and forced humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
George Wu
culturevulture.net
March 12, 2007
Exiled is compromised by the feeling one gets that Johnnie To has been watching too many westerns.
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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
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
April 20, 2007
While certainly an entertaining enough romp through the world of bullet-defying tough guys, the movie could use perhaps 10% more action or 15% less chit-chat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
A terrific ensemble gangster movie with dark humor amid tragic circumstances.
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
June 15, 2007
a moody crime drama that doubles as a revolutionary political allegory - ringing the changes on China's evolving reunification even as it longs for a future that will return to the noblest values of the past.
Full Review | 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+
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 29, 2007
Ballet-like bloodsport reminiscent of the eye-pleasing, if gratuitous, gore of such over-stimulation mavens as John Woo and Sam Peckinpah. Taut testosterone-sodden titillation, if graphic gunplay's your pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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