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Finishing the Game Reviews

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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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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Gene Seymour
October 4, 2007
Ragged, spotty but shrewdly conceived.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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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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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.