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Based on 22 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
Dallas Observer
Fuqua has done an admirable job staging the action scenes, but the script is little more than a thin framework to justify those scenes.
60
Chicago Reader
Despite the practical nature of the costars' bond, I spent most of the lukewarm actioner wondering when the hell they were going to start kissing.
60
Empire
It's just like a spectacularly excessive and melodramatically daft Cantonese crime opus, but in English, with a thumpingly trendy soundtrack.
60
TV Guide Magazine
This melodramatic action opera is a lurid love letter to the guns and poses aesthetic of Hong Kong action cinema.
50
Slate
Hong Kong action fans hoping for spontaneous combustion from the American debut of superstar Chow Yun-Fat might want to turn their weapons on the producers.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Between cycles of gunfights and glowering, Yun-Fat displays some of the dignity and suave good looks that account for his star status (without much chance to show his wit).
50
Variety
This mechanical effort is studied rather than heartfelt and will disappoint aficionados and thwart potential fans.
40
To put it as kindly as possible, Fuqua is a well-intended tyro who wrongly assumes that his obvious love for action movies qualifies him to make them himself.
30
The A.V. Club
Chow has a future in a America if given better material with which to work; here, he's wasted in a movie that's forgotten 20 minutes after the credits roll.
0
L.A. Weekly
Pure junk.

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