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Finishing the Game Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 28, 2008
You can easily tell how great a time everyone is having, and it's infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 16, 2007
This tedious mockumentary isn't even as entertaining as one of Ed Wood's actual films, and once-promising director Justin Lin has some karma to square for fumbling such a sure thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 15, 2007
What exactly he's trying to say about Bruce Lee's fame and impact or the banal reality of genre moviemaking is unclear at best.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 9, 2007
The pace is flat, the celebrity cameos go nowhere, and the smugness of Lin's observations of Asian-Americans and Hollywood smothers the comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 8, 2007
Misses more comic targets than it hits.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 1, 2007
There's about five minutes of funny in Finishing the Game, which leaves 83 minutes of "Oh, that same joke again, huh?"
| Original Score: 1/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 26, 2007
Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system.
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Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
Intermittently funny at best, but mostly full of dead air.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 25, 2007
The breezy tone and obvious fun being had by the cast make Finishing the Game a slight, low-key cool cinematic essay on identity politics.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 25, 2007
[T]here's little intriguing or surprising...
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 24, 2007
... too thin to sustain itself, even at a modest 83 minutes.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2007
A very funny, equal-opportunity broadside that targets Asian stereotyping, and not just by non-Asians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Wong
Film Threat
October 19, 2007
The premise was so golden and in front of our noses for so long, it's amazing that is has taken this long for someone to do it. I'm still upset that it wasn't me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2007
It's a wasted idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 9, 2007
The main reason that I didn't like Justin Lin's new film Finishing the Game is because I wasn't sure at any time what he was trying to make...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 8, 2007
Besmirching Bruce Lee's name like this should be a punishable offense.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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David Fear
Time Out
October 6, 2007
What little potential there is ends up squandered within nanoseconds; as both a parody and a polemic, the film is finished before it's barely begun.
| Original Score: 1/6
October 5, 2007
It feels as though everyone involved was having a rollicking good time, and while the film itself is wildly uneven, Lin and company get in a few pointed jabs at Hollywood fatuousness and self-delusion, cultural stereotypes and '70s fashions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
October 5, 2007
Call it a comic documentary, a true-life comedy, or a Hollywood satire, but however you karate chop this one, it's a kicky, clever, highly amusing romp.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 5, 2007
Finishing The Game doesn't get anywhere that Hollywood Shuffle didn't go to first.
| Original Score: C
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