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Finishing the Game Reviews

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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
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
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
Cole Smithey
October 8, 2007
Besmirching Bruce Lee's name like this should be a punishable offense.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 18, 2007
It's a wasted idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Matt Pais
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 25, 2007
[T]here's little intriguing or surprising...
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2007
A genially scattershot mockumentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Justin Chang
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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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
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.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
October 5, 2007
Lin is simply trying to stretch a modest idea too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
October 24, 2007
... too thin to sustain itself, even at a modest 83 minutes.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 8, 2007
Misses more comic targets than it hits.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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