Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer (2003)

Following up on his two-fisted 2000 flick The Mission, Johnnie To, along with Wai Ka Fai, directs this high-octane shoot 'em up about a pair of hired killers vying for their reputation and for a beautiful girl. O (Takashi Sorimachi) is… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Full of visual and verbal references to action and noir favorites, but burdened by a knotty story line and existential dialogue about fateful coincidences, it has trouble locating its own emotional core.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

There's a fine chemistry of contrasts between Lau's exuberance and the quiet, slow-burning intensity Takashi Sorimachi brings to his role.

Jurgen Fauth

Strangely dull.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

So what is the point? Lovingly choreographed bloodshed taking place in a pristine movie neverland, basically.

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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times

There's undeniable enjoyment to be had from films crammed with movie references, but the fun wears thin -- then out -- when there's nothing else happening.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

The movie should be building to a stunning conclusion, but somehow it loses momentum.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Manages to be original, even though it rips off many of its ideas.

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Henry Sheehan
L.A. Weekly

For those who like their Hong Kong movies to come at them straight from the shoulder ... Fulltime Killer fulfills all the conventions of raw Cantonese gun opera.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

There's very little sense to what's going on here, but the makers serve up the cliches with considerable dash.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Lee ?
Stylish action-thriller that may not be rife with originallity but does deliver an entertaining and cool time-filler. Really good action scenes helped along by… More
Adam Mahler
story gets so ridiculous and boring, the dialogue starts alluding to it; loses any deeper layer and amounts to an exercise in glorifying violence with… More
Bruce Bruce
This is a very enjoyable action / thriller movie from Hong Kong, though not as much action as some I have seen from the west (West of me.) it still holds a good… More
Duncan Ryan-Ross
This action/thriller from Hong Kong is a bit thin on plot, but like "Underworld", the cast and cinematography are it's saving graces. Kelly Lin… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Starts well until it becomes exactly what is trying to make a parody from, but duller. Andy Lau was fun to watch here, Simon Yam is awfully wasted.
Marcus Woolcott
Rips off every single action movie of the last 30 years.

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