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Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Nov 1, 2013
    91
    Takes the standard gangster movie template and blasts it out of the water.
  2. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 4, 2014
    75
    Of all the great actor/directors, Kitano has probably come the closest to creating a style that parallels his approach to acting.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jan 7, 2014
    70
    The maverick Japanese writer-director-actor known for his vicious set-pieces and macabre sense of humor eventually delivers some lip-smacking pleasures in the slow-ignition yakuza thriller Outrage Beyond.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 4, 2014
    63
    Unfortunately, early hints that the the actor-filmmaker's latest will be a brilliant, bloody, sustained workplace satire don't pan out. This is an intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing, but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture.
  5. 63
    Beyond Outrage reaches above and beyond most Hollywood underworld movies to deliver a tale of righteous revenge doled out only after showing us how much it is deserved.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 7, 2014
    60
    The Japanese action aesthete plays it cool and smooth in a picture that exerts a steadily tightening grip, though not until after a first hour of near-impenetrable gangster gab that may leave the uninitiated feeling stranded.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 4, 2014
    50
    Beyond Outrage fails to live up to its title as Japanese superstar Takeshi Kitano can’t find much in the way of fresh ideas for the genre.
  8. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 2, 2014
    50
    The strategy and strategizing of Beyond Outrage still feel like overkill (if you’ll pardon the expression).
  9. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Dec 27, 2013
    50
    If Takeshi Kitano does go forward with the rumored third volume, hopefully he'll conceive of some fresh angle on this increasingly dry material.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jan 2, 2014
    40
    Kitano’s surreal autobiographical phase was maddening, but it’s depressing to see him stoop to giving audiences what he thinks they really want.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 31, 2013
    40
    It's somewhat surprising to find the filmmaker's sequel marked by such a lack of urgency. The action here seems dutiful, devoid of the indignation at criminal vileness that seethed below Outrage's surface.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 31, 2013
    40
    The film lacks any kind of human interest, relying instead on our inferred love of lengthy strategy sessions and displays of ruffled pride. When it comes to yakuza cinema, you can do better.

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