Infernal Affairs Image
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: A tightly wound thriller which centers on two Hong Kong police officers - one a gang mole on the force and the other an undercover cop in the gang - who share the same objectives and who find their destinies intertwined in this high-octane police actioner. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    Unfolds as a masterful chess match of wit and ingenuity, a cat-and-mouse chase of the highest order.
  2. The plot is intricate and tight. The preamble is a bit challenging to sort out. But the movie's engine is the relationships and the characters' inner lives, all of it boiling with emotional intensity.
  3. 88
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
  4. 80
    A runaway hit in Hong Kong, this 2002 crime thriller reinvigorated the genre with its airtight script, taut editing, and sleek cinematography.
  5. 75
    Overflows with psychological intrigue, something often missing from such offerings.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    This is a real grabber.
  7. 40
    The directors, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, manage to convince us that we have witnessed an action movie, although in fact the quantity of violence is so minimal that, under Hong Kong law, Infernal Affairs barely qualifies as a motion picture.

See all 19 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Terry
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    I liked this one better. People don't realize that the Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The Departed does take sources from IA 2 and 3. To say that this movie is a rough draft of Departed is downright insulting. WIthout this movie, there goes the Departed as well as Scorsese's career. This movie is much better. The characters are more interesting and this film has more soul than the American counterpart. A much better thriller overall. Expand
  2. Burns
    Feb 27, 2007
    10
    Excellent! Pity it got a pathetic carbon copy.
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    Probably the best Hong Kong film ever. A perfect combination of commercial and art.

    And, being a Chinese, this film means so much to us. It
    revived the industry and set up a new set of standards there.

    10 /10
    Expand
  4. CongaT.
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    A masterpiece of storyline, cinematography and characterization. A bit of overacting gives it not a perfect ten but nothing real is perfect in this life. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2010
    9
    Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs v Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2010
    9
    Undercover cop works as henchman for gangster, new man is brought in to Internal Affairs to find mole in Police Department, paths cross, deceit & a right hullabaloo.
    Riveting thriller with an excellent story, brilliantly acted & played out.
    I had seen The Departed (Western remake) before this so expected the twists & turns throughout but both films do stand-up in their own right.
    Also really liked the Hong-Kong back drop in this & some really good cinematography.
    Expand
  7. DanB.
    Mar 14, 2007
    6
    It's like a rough draft for The Departed. I think if you've seen The Departed first, this movie won't seem so or as good. If you see this first, maybe it'll play better. They really took all this movie's good elements and sharpened them, played them up, in The Departed. Side note--they use so many English words! And who knew, they play bagpipes in HK. Fascinating. Expand

See all 17 User Reviews