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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
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  1. Underworld opera of the bravura kind, this is driven, like most Hong Kong action, more by emotion than logic.
  2. 80
    Exciting, but not completely original.
  3. 80
    In keeping with Hong Kong's style-as-substance tradition, Fulltime Killers is beyond reproach.
  4. 75
    The story won't win any prizes for coherence, but that doesn't much matter. As in most Hong Kong thrillers, it's the visuals - love those boldly choreographed shootouts! -- and moments of absurdity that count.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Sheehan
    70
    Fulfills all the conventions of raw Cantonese gun opera.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Filmed with panache, wit, chic amorality, and an inexhaustible supply of Micro Uzi ammunition, ''Killer'' nevertheless represents a baroque dead end for the Hong Kong action genre.
  7. 60
    There's plenty to enjoy -- in no small part thanks to Lau.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The film is filled with the kind of choreographed carnage that became synonymous with Hong Kong action during the genre's heyday, but there's an elegiac self-consciousness to it all that acknowledges that while the best is behind us, there's still something to be said about its passing.
  9. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    High-octane plunge into pop gangster psychology.
  10. The story matters less than the style, full of swooping camera movements, rapid-fire editing, and color-drenched displays of violence the Hong Kong school is famous for.
  11. 50
    On the whole this is pretty standard shoot-‘em-up fare. Bang, crash, boom -- yawn.
  12. Too scattershot to take hold.
  13. Style is content in action movies, but when all the style originates elsewhere, it's just plain lazy.
  14. A flashy homage to a dozen better movies, this self-conscious Hong Kong action flick is so packed with visual thrills, you may not notice that there's absolutely nothing beneath its impressively slick surface.
  15. 30
    Perhaps the directors are under the delusion that the dodging and leaping can make up for an ending that leaves the cast members of "Killer" adrift and nearly scratching their heads in puzzlement.

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