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Mad Detective Reviews

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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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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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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
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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
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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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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.
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Derek Elley
Variety
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.