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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed"), even though technically it's a Chinese film. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Drug War is a deeply intelligent, exhilarating and eminently satisfying adult crime story, one of the best thrillers you're likely to see this year. show more

  • 90
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    In Drug War, Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the classic cops-and-robbers chase. show more

  • 63
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    Drug War is by no means a bad film, but it doesn’t do much to push the needle of originality, and doesn’t glide enough to represent perfection of the genre. show more

  • 90
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Evil cannot triumph in a movie made in China, but Drug War's ultimate scene nonetheless manages to astonish, revealing both Choi's character and the nature of mainland justice. Rather than dodging the harshness of Chinese authority, To depicts it implacably. He does exactly what the censors want, and yet subverts their worldview. show more

  • 100
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The climactic shootout, which goes on for 15 minutes and has an astronomical body count, is a masterpiece of its kind. show more

  • 100
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all business, business, business. show more

  • 88
    Simon Abrams RogerEbert.com

    The film's flintiness and initially subdued nastiness set it apart from most other action films about the thin line separating cops from crooks. show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    It’s clear To is striving to keep the action gripping and creative. Modestly inspired is more like it. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Not a bad setup for a cops-and-robbers thriller, and in the hands of action-movie maestro Johnnie To, the result comes very close to greatness. show more

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