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Fulltime Killer Reviews

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Justin Bowyer
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Kenis
Rolling Stone
July 17, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jamie Russell
June 24, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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
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+
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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.
Pam Grady
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 21, 2003
As in most Hong Kong thrillers, it's the visuals -- love those boldly choreographed shootouts! -- and moments of absurdity that count.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 20, 2003
Charged with as much psychological depth as gun-slinging violence, Johnny To and Wai Ka Fai's slick thriller brought a welcome jolt of adrenaline to the moribund Hong Kong action genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Campos
Film Threat
March 19, 2003
One of the most exciting action films to come out of China in recent years.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
March 18, 2003
There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
Harvey S. Karten
March 5, 2003
A solid, psychological action film from Hong Kong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Max Messier
April 12, 2002
A no-holds-barred cinematic treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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