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  • Summary: The time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this background of fin-de-siècle malaise comeThe time is 1998. The setting is Macau. Every living soul jumps at every chance to make quick money before the Portuguese colony ushers in a new era under the Chinese rule. For the jaded hit men, they wonder where this journey will end. Against this background of fin-de-siècle malaise come two hit men from Hong Kong sent to take out a renegade member trying to turn over a new leaf with his wife and newborn baby. They soon find themselves in the throes of a dilemma when two of their former associates also show up, intent on thwarting them at every cost. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    The final confrontation is a slow-motion, De Palma-esque massacre in a hotel lobby that begins and ends in the amount of time it takes for a high-flying can of Red Bull to hit the floor. Breathtaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    Exiled brings To back to lighter ground, and it’s one of his most assured, enjoyable pictures, refreshing fun that’s sure to satisfy anyone’s action jones.
  3. It's a fantasy of a crime epic, to be sure, but it's a glorious fantasy in which the unspoken bonds of brotherhood bathe every shootout and sacrifice in the light of myth.
  4. 75
    This intriguing story, like many tales of mid-20th-century American art, is fueled by testosterone.
  5. The more you like Leone's work the more you'll likely respond to To's latest. Which is odd, considering Exiled is a gangster picture by strict definition.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Cast of regulars blends like those in a late-on Howard Hawks' movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Kat Brown
    40
    With not enough balls to be fun, and not enough brain to be cerebral, there’s not much going on behind those pained Western expressions to entertain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JohnM.
    Sep 4, 2007
    10
    This film is a masterpiece from one of film's true living masters, maddeningly following up his near-perfect Election dulogy with a This film is a masterpiece from one of film's true living masters, maddeningly following up his near-perfect Election dulogy with a near-perfect genre-blender. By the way, Metacritic has as their picture a still from Bong Joon-Ho's excellent THE HOST, not EXILED. Expand
  2. SabrinaM.
    Jul 10, 2008
    6
    This picture does boast great acting, impeccable fashion sense and a taste for cinematic aesthetics, but the plot is unfortunately quite This picture does boast great acting, impeccable fashion sense and a taste for cinematic aesthetics, but the plot is unfortunately quite weak. Anthony Wong may have been effective in his portrayal and delivery of the "hangdog" uneasiness that characterizes the person split between loyalty to a brother and inevitable duty to perform a killing for his boss, but in general the brotherhood trail lacks a strong, coherent backbone. The exile into the sand dunes is symbolic of the film's title but sheds little contemplation on the tragedy of Wo's death, or the gangsters' inner turmoil. Collapse
  3. AndreP.
    Jan 4, 2008
    1
    Couldn't sit through it, don't know how the critics did.

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