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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Suffers most from being overlong. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The action looks impressive, even when nothing much is happening beyond local explosions or shattering glass, and the drama turns, affectingly, on a mysterious female sniper with a partitioned soul. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Compelling, kinetic, fast and furious. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Americans, for better or worse, have already seen plenty of budget-busting action flicks with half-baked political pretensions. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A beautifully tooled action thriller about love and terrorism. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    The girl you see stabbing and shooting prisoners and fellow trainees makes the killer from "La Femme Nikita" look like a wuss. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The all-too-vivid simulation of terrorist attacks, including a prolonged scene of a building collapse in which people are seen plummeting to their deaths and crushed under falling concrete, may strike a very different chord with post-9/11 American audiences. show more

  • 20
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    A thoroughly awful Korean production which vainly attempts to recast the slam-bang conventions of American action-adventure flicks into the sticky world of contemporary Korean politics. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    This is an unmistakably Asian variant on the action movie, a sleek, slick, entertaining espionage thriller in the John Woo mold. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    In recent years, South Korean cinema has fully flowered, producing both uncompromising highly personal films and crisp, intelligent genre movies, with Shiri the most spectacular example of the latter to date. show more

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