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83
Underworld opera of the bravura kind, this is driven, like most Hong Kong action, more by emotion than logic.
80
Film Threat
Exciting, but not completely original.
75
New York Post
The story won't win any prizes for coherence, but that doesn't much matter. As in most Hong Kong thrillers, it's the visuals - love those boldly choreographed shootouts! -- and moments of absurdity that count.
63
Boston Globe
Filmed with panache, wit, chic amorality, and an inexhaustible supply of Micro Uzi ammunition, ''Killer'' nevertheless represents a baroque dead end for the Hong Kong action genre.
60
Village Voice
There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
60
The film is filled with the kind of choreographed carnage that became synonymous with Hong Kong action during the genre's heyday, but there's an elegiac self-consciousness to it all that acknowledges that while the best is behind us, there's still something to be said about its passing.
60
Variety
High-octane plunge into pop gangster psychology.
50
The story matters less than the style, full of swooping camera movements, rapid-fire editing, and color-drenched displays of violence the Hong Kong school is famous for.
50
Film Threat
On the whole this is pretty standard shoot-‘em-up fare. Bang, crash, boom -- yawn.
40
Style is content in action movies, but when all the style originates elsewhere, it's just plain lazy.

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