Mad Detective
Mad Detective (2008)

A psychotic ex-policeman with a mysterious supernatural gift proves invaluable in the case of a missing police firearm and its vanished owner in this tense police thriller from co-directors Johnny To (Fulltime Killer) and Wai Ka-fai… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A stylishly funky Hong Kong thriller from cult director Johnnie To and co-writer/codirector Wai Ka Fai.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, 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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An inventive oddball pic that's diverting and borders on the ridiculous but never becomes uninteresting or completely loses its way.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Mad Detective 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.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Every moment in Mad Detective seems engineered for maximum oddity; it almost becomes overwhelming...Yet the movie feels adventuresome, too, a new bridge to Asia‚(TM)s soulful ghost canon. It‚(TM)s a metaphysical mystery masquerading as a doodle.

Stan Hall

Expect an inferior American remake within five years.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Jim Ridley
Village Voice

Even if you lose track of who's shooting whom and why during the abstract climactic face-off, the clever last shot shows you're not alone.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Cleverly scripted, brilliantly acted and masterfully edited, Mad Detective explores the very human capacity to lose one's moral centre in a crisis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Lee ?
An original and intriguing Hong Kong made thriller about a detective who claims to have the supernatural ability to see the inner personalities of people,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Good direction from To, solid performances from everyone (Andy On is just tolerable, nothing more) but the script doesn't help to make this something… More
Stella Dallas
edge of your seat thriller with an insane and/or psychic lead character keeps u guessing about what's real/not real. stylish and a lot of fun with ending… More
JY Skacto
There is always something that peaks my interest when it comes to a film directed by Johnnie To. <i>Mad Detective</i>, while definitely original… More
Nicki Marie
Very original character for a police story. Enjoyed, even if I did get extremely confused in places!
Caesar Mendez
I give a lot praised to director Johnnie To as he personally a favorite of mine for his style, direction, and creative story telling. While I?m familiar with… More