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Shiri Reviews

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Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 16, 2002
Suffers from all the excesses of the genre.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 5, 2002
The script was reportedly rewritten a dozen times -- either 11 times too many or else too few.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Thoroughly awful.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 22, 2001
Innocuous enough to make even Jean-Claude Van Damme look good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
April 23, 2002
Nothing more than a run-of-the-mill action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 29, 2002
A good-looking but ultimately pointless political thriller with plenty of action and almost no substance.
Andy Klein
New Times
February 7, 2002
The plot has a number of holes, and at times it's simply baffling.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 8, 2002
Sometimes makes less sense than the Bruckheimeresque American action flicks it emulates.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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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
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-

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.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2002
A beautifully tooled action thriller about love and terrorism in Korea.
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2002
Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious.
| Original Score: 3/4
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