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Mad Detective Reviews

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Chris Cabin
July 17, 2008
too cluttered to be engrossing or even entertaining
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 27, 2007
Interminable and pointless virtually from start to finish...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Derek Elley
September 10, 2007
Direction lacks the strong hand of To's solo efforts, and pic shows some signs of rush, with abrupt transitions and lack of flow in the editing.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
August 9, 2008
Cleverly scripted, brilliantly acted and masterfully edited, Mad Detective explores the very human capacity to lose one's moral centre in a crisis.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 15, 2008
To and Ka-fai's widescreen lensing is both elegant and sharp, its distorted angles and flaring white lights generating a sense of unease that complements Bun's instability and Chi-Wai's fractured self.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
July 21, 2008
More comical than compelling, but what do you expect of a chopsocky revolving around a head case of a hero begging to be buried alive in order to channel his psychic powers?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Abrams
New York Press
July 16, 2008
It may make no sense to throw logic out the window, but that's exactly what makes Detective such an unhinged blast.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 18, 2008
If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Anna Hart
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2008
Director Johnny To's previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there's still plenty here to please the fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stan Hall
September 26, 2008
Expect an inferior American remake within five years.
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
September 29, 2007
The prolific Johnny To and his occasional collaborator Wai Ka Fai here put a new twist on the standard police yarn.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 9, 2010
An inventive oddball pic that's diverting and borders on the ridiculous but never becomes uninteresting or completely loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2008
A stylishly funky Hong Kong thriller from cult director Johnnie To and co-writer/codirector Wai Ka Fai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 16, 2008
Every moment in Mad Detective seems engineered for maximum oddity; it almost becomes overwhelming...Yet the movie feels adventuresome, too, a new bridge to Asia‚(TM)s soulful ghost canon. It‚(TM)s a metaphysical mystery masquerading as a doodle.
| Original Score: 4/6
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 18, 2008
Mad Detective doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 16, 2008
Even if you lose track of who's shooting whom and why during the abstract climactic face-off, the clever last shot shows you're not alone.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
September 15, 2007
Another very, very solid crime drama from Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 17, 2008
Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero -- like TV's Monk, but far crazier -- and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
| Original Score: B
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 18, 2008
A freewheeling narrative that twists around its central themes with manic intensity.
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