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Finishing the Game Reviews

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2007
A genially scattershot mockumentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
October 5, 2007
Lin is simply trying to stretch a modest idea too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
October 5, 2007
You get the sense that Justin Lin has never even seen Game of Death... I've got to imagine there were some actual lines and scenes from Game of Death that would have been funny in this context.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 5, 2007
A faux documentary grounded in ethnicity and mired in absurdity, Finishing the Game is a terrific idea still waiting to be fashioned into a real movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 4, 2007
Has little respect for its source, using it only as a reason to watch foolish, untalented actors prove just how foolish and untalented they can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 4, 2007
Ragged, spotty but shrewdly conceived.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 4, 2007
A lot of the gags fall thuddingly flat, but a fair number of them also land squarely on target.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2007
The film completely misses what should have been its real target -- the filming of Game of Death, a martial-arts campfest worthy of Edward D. Wood Jr.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 2, 2007
Hard as it is to believe that anyone thinks the comic possibilities of polyester arrow collars haven't been thoroughly strip-mined, those are the primary source of ostensible laffs here.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2007
If its critique sometimes lacks grace, it's nonetheless bolstered by a shrewd understanding of the way pop culture exploits minority differences for entertainment purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 2, 2007
A pleasant surprise with a high concept premise that allows for funnier situations and characters than some of Christopher Guest's last few offerings.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 7, 2007
The search for the next Bruce Lee goes comically awry, but not comically enough, in Finishing the Game, a rice-paper-thin spoof that tries to poke fun at the endangered Hollywood species that is the Asian male actor.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2007
Good-naturedly confront issues of racism and the stereotyping of Asian-American actors to question whether the bad old days are really so far in the past.
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
January 26, 2007
Equal parts affectionately silly and insightfully satirical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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