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Fulltime Killer Reviews

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Top Critic
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
Full of visual and verbal references to action and noir favorites, but burdened by a knotty story line and existential dialogue about fateful coincidences, it has trouble locating its own emotional core.
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 8, 2003
Strangely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2003
The movie should be building to a stunning conclusion, but somehow it loses momentum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 20, 2003
There's very little sense to what's going on here, but the makers serve up the cliches with considerable dash.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2003
So what is the point? Lovingly choreographed bloodshed taking place in a pristine movie neverland, basically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 6, 2003
The dreamy flow back and forth through time and memory and the shifting point of view across four narrators casts the sleek stylistics of 21st-century Hong Kong cinema between tortured existential heroics and tall tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 5, 2003
Manages to be original, even though it rips off many of its ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
May 21, 2003
Fans of the modern day Hong Kong action film finally have the worthy successor to A Better Tomorrow and The Killer which they have been patiently waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: A+

E! Online
April 4, 2003
Killer has killer style, but it ain't worth killing two hours of your life on it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2003
There's a fine chemistry of contrasts between Lau's exuberance and the quiet, slow-burning intensity Takashi Sorimachi brings to his role.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
March 31, 2003
The movie's something-borrowed construction feels less the product of loving, well integrated homage and more like a mere excuse for the wan, thinly sketched story. Killing time, that's all that's going on here.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 28, 2003
No, it's not nearly as good as any of its influences.
| Original Score: 2/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
March 28, 2003
Together, Tok and O orchestrate a buoyant, darkly funny dance of death. In the process, they demonstrate that there's still a lot of life in Hong Kong cinema.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2003
There's undeniable enjoyment to be had from films crammed with movie references, but the fun wears thin -- then out -- when there's nothing else happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Henry Sheehan
L.A. Weekly
March 27, 2003
For those who like their Hong Kong movies to come at them straight from the shoulder ... Fulltime Killer fulfills all the conventions of raw Cantonese gun opera.
March 24, 2003
It's gruesome violence combined with tongue-in-cheek humor...fans of this genre will flock to Fulltime Killer, and they'll be blown away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
March 23, 2003
Is anyone else out there getting tired of the whole slo-mo, double-pistoled, ballistic-pyrotechnic Hong Kong action aesthetic?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 22, 2003
Often overwrought and at times positively irritating, the film turns into an engrossing thriller almost in spite of itself.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2003
The tale of Tok (Andy Lau), a sleek sociopath on the trail of O (Takashi Sorimachi), the most legendary of Asian hitmen, is too scattershot to take hold.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 21, 2003
[Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai are] sure to find an enthusiastic audience among American action-adventure buffs, but the film's interests may be too narrow to attract crossover viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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