The Killer
The Killer (1989)

Chow Yun-Fat, director John Woo's favorite actor, stars as a professional assassin. The moral outrages of his employers lead Yun-Fat, who adheres to his own code of honor, to seek a way out of his lifestyle. Towards this goal, the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 6, 1989
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Killer is another hard-boiled action flick from John Woo featuring eye-popping balletic violence and philosophical underpinnings.

Variety Staff

Melodramatic from the start, it finally goes over the top to deliver a solid emotional punch.

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Time Out

The most dementedly elegiac thriller you've ever seen.

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Kyle Anderson

One of the best action films ever made.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A lot of claims have been made for this campy bloodbath concerto by Hong Kong director John Woo, and I must admit that he's even better than Brian De Palma at delivering emotional and visceral excess with staccato relentlessness.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is a rush of a movie.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

The work of a filmmaker operating at the highest level of his abilities.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The director repeatedly places the viewer at the center of the crossfire and turns the gyrating camera into the next best thing to a lethal weapon.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A pointless exercise in style.

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Nathanael Hood
The Young Folks

Like any true artist, Woo didn't satisfy himself with merely copying his heroes: he transcended them with his own ideas and innovations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
John Woo's visceral action masterpiece The Killer is his finest directorial effort. Brilliantly acted with an exhilarating storyline, Woo delivers a film… More
Adam Kelly
Some may doubt it, but 'The Killer' is the best action film ever made. John Woo's bloody and brilliant action film stars the master of Hong Kong… More
Al S
An explosive and heart-pounding action classic. An unforgettable and killer action movie masterpiece. A full-throttle action-packed extravaganza that pushes the… More
Graham Jones
The best action movie of all time in my opinion. This is the blueprint to all the action films being made today. Even the melodrama is great.
Aj V
A fabulous action drama. The actors do a great job, the story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the action is so overwhelming, it's hard not to love… More
Cynthia S.
I just can't get into this genre of Asian films where the action scenes have added sound effects: like smack..smack..smack..during fight scenes. I've… More