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Shiri Reviews

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Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
April 21, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
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
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2002
Features explosive effects and flashy action best viewed on a large screen.
| Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2002
Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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.
| 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-
Michael Dequina
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
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2002
A huge box-office hit in Korea, Shiri is a must for genre fans.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tor Thorsen
February 8, 2002
An action/thriller of the finest kind, evoking memories of Day of the Jackal, The French Connection, and Heat.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Top Critic
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
February 7, 2002
Like many Western action films, this thriller is too loud and thoroughly overbearing, but its heartfelt concern about North Korea's recent past and South Korea's future adds a much needed moral weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 7, 2002
For all the realpolitik underpinnings, this is less John le Carre than a tech noir "Die Hard" in downtown Seoul.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 7, 2002
There is a fine psychological thriller about divided loyalties and ambiguous identities buried with all the rubble and the maimed bodies, and Mr. Han and Ms. Kim play their slightly absurd roles with brisk sincerity
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2002
A beautifully tooled action thriller about love and terrorism in Korea.
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2002
A superior political thriller in which jolting action strikes a balance with serious reflection and genuine emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006

July 8, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
March 29, 2002
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 3, 2002
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