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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What you get in this cop drama is NYPD Blue lite. That's not bad. In fact, it's compulsively watchable. But there are no leaps, just fits and starts. show more

  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The Corruptor' quickly turns into a good bad-cop drama of fascinating moral complexity. show more

  • 75
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    At this point, "The Corruptor" looks as if it's going to be just a rehash of an early Dirty Harry movie, but it surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be. [12 Mar 1999] show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    From Juan Ruiz-Anchia's florid, eruptive photography to the pinpoint editing by Howard E. Smith that enhances it, everyone involved with The Corruptor understands that action is the bottom line - except Chow. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It aspires to greater moral ambiguity than the average crime thriller, and if it doesn't entirely succeed it nevertheless avoids the lazy moral bankruptcy of movies like "Lethal Weapon 4." show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    An interesting plot element or two and a stylish visual approach can't save James Foley's The Corruptor from coming across as a run-of-the-mill cop movie. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Corruptor is visually lively and filled with gratuitous destruction. [12 Mar 1999] show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The director is James Foley, who is obviously not right for this material. show more

  • 80
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    I don't know if this movie could have been made with anyone but Chow Yun-Fat. As Chen, he finally is allowed to display the nervous energy and Eastern rhythms we associate with his Hong Kong work. show more

  • 60
    Empire

    Okay, it may not be Shakespeare, but it's a welcome bonus, for neither Chow or Wahlberg looks out of place in crossfire that would likely leave trained military personnel shell-shocked. show more

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