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75
New York Daily News
Lee pushes this joyride into stimulation overdrive, playing with colors and film speeds and surfaces and shadows until it makes perfect sense that a movie should be all about energy, rather than -- well, about anything else at all.
63
USA Today
The script's clichés have nowhere to hide.
60
This crowd-pleasing spectacle is like a series of showstopper sequences from a musical without much attention paid to the story that is supposed to hold it all together.
60
Salon.com
Lee can't tell a story to save his life, but he's something of a visual magician, laying out glittering piles of goodies that you instinctively want to follow.
60
Chicago Reader
Images about imagery can be diverting, even insightful, but this painterly 1999 feature piles up studies in elaborately choreographed motion that are their own reason for being.
58
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The characters are uniformly repulsive, the cliche-ridden script builds no real tension or psychological interest, and the bottom line is that Lee's innovative but ultimately tedious and even ludicrous MTV-style visuals add absolutely nothing to the story dynamics.
50
A Korean film that takes an American genre and gets fancy with it.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The action of this South Korean melodrama is fast and furious, but its emotions and ideas don't manage to keep up.
50
With a little more plot, this could have been a killer.
40
Village Voice
Lee's trickery is dazzling in flashes but also monotonously strenuous -- the derangement factor is high but there's little evidence of authentic lunacy.

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