Dead or Alive


Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    I've seen three or four other movies by Miike, and I can tell you that he's one of the most exciting, versatile directors working today.
  2. Takashi is a master of the jagged quick cut and the shocker finish, and his head-spinning story is pumped up with almost more bravado than a single screen can handle.
  3. 70
    Everything about Takashi Miike's brilliant and blood-soaked crime thriller comes as a shock.
  4. 63
    Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.
  5. 60
    It's marvelous or unwatchable.
  6. This is no-holds-barred filmmaking. Some viewers will find it disgusting. Others will call the director's bluff.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Not for the squeamish (a guy rips out his own arm, for goodness' sake), the film is nevertheless more than just a gonzo gross-out. But not by much.
  8. 30
    While the whole is diverting, the ending's utter repudiation of reality seems like pissing on the audience; -- we feel like we've been suckers for bothering to care about the characters at all.
  9. 20
    A soulless compilation of thrills.

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