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The Viral Factor Reviews

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Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 7, 2012
If action is all you seek, then I recommend that you watch the movie in 30-minute segments. Start, then stop when you get tired. Then, start again. It might be more palatable that way.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 18, 2012
The apparent byproduct of watching too much Bad Boys II, The Viral Factor is a cops-and-criminals saga slathered in glossy Michael Bay-isms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
It's an overloaded, overwrought, profligate production inclined to hysteria and, in cumulative effect, something like being pelted with scenes until buried alive...
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2012
It takes a special kind of action director to use chaotic, human-filled public spaces for high-energy foot chases, auto stunts and gun battles yet never once get under the skin with a sense of genuine danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 19, 2012
"The Viral Factor" wants to be both an action movie and a soap opera. But the merging of the two genres by Dante Lam, a director based in Hong Kong, is clumsy, and so is the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 19, 2012
Action trumps plot in Hong Kong director Dante Lam's latest thriller about brothers fighting the release of a mutant smallpox virus.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2012
Tediously overwrought and drably made, with scenes punctuated by synthesized drums out of eighties American TV drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
January 24, 2012
A monster rush of muscular action sequences, tepidly glued together with rapidly evaporating logic. Secret agent Man's brain turns to mush, and it spreads to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
January 30, 2012
Lam has breathtakingly delivered on the film's action promise, even if the drama proves altogether disposable.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
January 17, 2012
Yes, standard stuff, but Chou and Tse have the chops for this brand of socky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
March 5, 2012
...director Dante Lam...may have created the best action film of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 11, 2012
Stylish, exhilarating action sequences compensate for the corny drama and occasional tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.0/10
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Maggie Lee
Variety
January 20, 2012
Gunfights and explosions are audaciously played out in real urban locations swarming with people and vehicles, all unfolding with high tension, without losing sight of continuity.
Brent Simon
Screen International
January 20, 2012
An enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 9, 2012
Dante Lam is John Woo via Michael Bay; he doesn't want to win you over, he wants to beat you up and make you crazy. And for all its silliness, "The Viral Factor" does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 30, 2012
The well crafted set pieces make any plot heaviness go down in smooth, exciting fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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