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Shiri Reviews

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Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
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
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Thoroughly awful.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
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
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2002
Features explosive effects and flashy action best viewed on a large screen.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 23, 2002
Nothing more than a run-of-the-mill action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2002
Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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-
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 16, 2002
Suffers from all the excesses of the genre.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 11, 2002
Ends up offering nothing more than the latest Schwarzenegger or Stallone flick would.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2002
A huge box-office hit in Korea, Shiri is a must for genre fans.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
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
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
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.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 8, 2002
Sometimes makes less sense than the Bruckheimeresque American action flicks it emulates.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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