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Shiri Reviews

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March 10, 2003
Starts as an intense political and psychological thriller but is sabotaged by ticking time bombs and other Hollywood-action cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 8, 2002
Thoroughly awful.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 1/5
November 7, 2002
Polished Korean political-action film is just as good -- and bad -- as Hollywood action epics. Is this progress?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2002
Features explosive effects and flashy action best viewed on a large screen.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2002
Nothing more than a run-of-the-mill action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
March 21, 2002
Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2002
Little more than an assemblage of cliches drawn from Hollywood and Hong Kong that, in the end, is almost risible.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 14, 2002
It's a post-Cold War action yarn with a nose for Hong Kong-style melodrama, and a loopy cop drama with undeniable entertainment value.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 24, 2002
Proves mainly that South Korean filmmakers can make undemanding action movies with all the alacrity of their Hollywood counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2002
Suffers from all the excesses of the genre.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2002
There's a neat twist, subtly rendered, that could have wrapped things up at 80 minutes, but Kang tacks on three or four more endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2002
An action film that delivers on the promise of excitement, but it also has a strong dramatic and emotional pull that gradually sneaks up on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 11, 2002
Ends up offering nothing more than the latest Schwarzenegger or Stallone flick would.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 8, 2002
A huge box-office hit in Korea, Shiri is a must for genre fans.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2002
An action/thriller of the finest kind, evoking memories of Day of the Jackal, The French Connection, and Heat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2002
It's obvious [Je-Gyu is] trying for poetry; what he gets instead has all the lyricism of a limerick scrawled in a public restroom.
February 8, 2002
Though Shiri's eruptions of violence, mayhem and gunplay are every bit as kinetic and dazzling as anything generated in Hong Kong or Hollywood, the film's primary focus is always on its characters.
February 8, 2002
Sometimes makes less sense than the Bruckheimeresque American action flicks it emulates.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2002
Starts out a little like La Femme Nikita, but after a while, director Kang Je-Gyu's would-be bullet ballet goes way into overkill.
February 7, 2002
The film actually gets to tackle some larger questions than one normally finds in the average fireball drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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