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Formosa Betrayed Reviews

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September 21, 2011
Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 25, 2010
...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 18, 2010
Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 15, 2010
The sturdy political thriller Formosa Betrayed is laudable for adding the voice of native Formosans to the usual two-sided debate that reaches the American media.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2010
It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2010
Formosa Betrayed is a history lesson dressed up as an action movie. The lesson is pretty interesting; the movie is just the far-fetched plot it hangs on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2010
As thrillers go, this one is lacking in edge-of-the-seat moments. It just never ignites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 2, 2010
A movie that shows us the desperation and danger of living under martial law in Taiwan during the early '80s, yet somehow never delivers the emotional gut punch the subject matter deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 1, 2010
Formosa Betrayed, a ho-hum college history lecture about modern Taiwan awkwardly disguised as a political thriller, has its heart almost in the right place.
March 25, 2010
In general, the pacing of the action is sluggish. Moreover, stylistic flourishes are distracting rather than enhancing.
March 25, 2010
When you hear dialogue like: "So, what do you know about the history of my country?" you know you're in for a whole lot of exposition
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 21, 2010
Actor/co-screenwriter/producer Will Tiao's heartfelt agitprop history-lesson about Taiwan is a tightly wound thriller that takes no prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 19, 2010
Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 18, 2010
Formosa Betrayed begins rather awkwardly, but ends by making a statement that explains a great many things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2010
A riveting thriller offering an array of history lessons and teachable moments about freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2010
Only viewers wondering if James Van Der Beek has finally outgrown "Dawson's Creek" will be at all satisfied by this dreadful police procedural that contains good history lessons and bad TV-cop-show drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 26, 2010
This is a lot of Graham Greene hugger-mugger, the tale of a rube who believes that he can do good abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2010
As a political thriller, Formosa Betrayed has enough suspense and intrigue to pull viewers along willingly. It doesn't try too hard, which is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 26, 2010
A mostly pedestrian political thriller whose basis in true events adds little to the film's excitement or entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 26, 2010
The movie is a sturdy entry in the paranoid-thriller genre, and raises some interesting issues about our relationship with the country we used to call China.
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