(2007)

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Metascore

Based on 7 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it.
75
The A.V. Club
Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, though, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero--like TV's Monk, but far crazier--and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
75
Doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.
75
Mad Detective is equal parts gonzo inspiration and overwrought indecision. It could be called "The Lunatic From Kowloon."
60
Director Johnny To's previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there's still plenty here to please the fans.
60
Village Voice
Apart from its inventive depiction of the weaknesses that tough guys try to hide, Mad Detective is a slight work from the wildly prolific To.
50
Variety
A neat idea that doesn't quite hit the bull's-eye.

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