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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This is an unabashedly pro-democracy message movie. Judged strictly as drama, it's pretty routine. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Despite the righteous indignation that is so clearly fueling the film--much of its $8 million budget was raised from off-island Taiwanese--the movie is a sturdy entry in the paranoid-thriller genre, and raises some interesting issues about our relationship with the country we used to call China. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Only viewers wondering if James Van Der Beek has finally outgrown "Dawson's Creek" will be at all satisfied by this dreadful police procedural that contains good history lessons and bad TV-cop-show drama. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    At its plainspoken best, the U.S.-and Thailand-shot film is an eye-opening history lesson more than an atmospheric thriller. It's nonetheless chilling as it exposes the machinations between countries with no official relationship. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Begins rather awkwardly, but ends by making a statement that explains a great many things. One question left unasked: Why did we promise to defend Taiwan with nuclear weapons but refuse to recognize it as a sovereign nation? show more

  • 63
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    As a political thriller, Formosa Betrayed has enough suspense and intrigue to pull viewers along willingly. It doesn’t try too hard, which is refreshing. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's deliberately difficult to untangle the crossed allegiances of the people that Kelly interviews, and it's melodramatic that he tries to smuggle Ming and a surrendered assassin onto a plane bound for the United States. But dramatizing such a complex situation is a necessary evil. show more

  • 70
    Boxoffice Magazine

    While it is captivating stylistically, and the primer on the China/Taiwan relationship is great fodder for political geeks, even in its deepest moments of intrigue and pathos this is a cable TV movie at best. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The dialogue is blandly speechified and the film’s pro-Taiwan agenda seems to have taken precedence over our enjoyment. show more

  • 70
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    A decent political thriller set in Taiwan with the requisite Western-market-friendly lead and a determinedly pro-independence message embedded in a formulaic but diverting tale of intrigue and oppression. show more

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