Mad Detective Reviews

November 17, 2017
After so many stoical, staunchly confident films from Johnnie To, it's always refreshing to see one of his collaborations with fellow Milkyway Image director/producer Wai Ka-fai...
May 9, 2010
An inventive oddball pic that's diverting and borders on the ridiculous but never becomes uninteresting or completely loses its way.
September 26, 2008
Expect an inferior American remake within five years.
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.
August 8, 2008
A stylishly funky Hong Kong thriller from cult director Johnnie To and co-writer/codirector Wai Ka Fai.
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?
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.
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.
July 18, 2008
A freewheeling narrative that twists around its central themes with manic intensity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 15, 2008
Director Johnny To's previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there's still plenty here to please the fans.
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.
September 29, 2007
The prolific Johnny To and his occasional collaborator Wai Ka Fai here put a new twist on the standard police yarn.
September 15, 2007
Another very, very solid crime drama from Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai.