Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. If the insanely inventive and entertaining Mad Detective weren't so weird -- and in Cantonese -- hordes of action geeks would be lining the block to see it.
  2. 75
    Doesn't always make sense, and you cannot always tell what is real and what is imaginary, but viewers will be having too much zonked-out fun to care.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Mad Detective is equal parts gonzo inspiration and overwrought indecision. It could be called "The Lunatic From Kowloon."
  4. 75
    Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, though, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero--like TV's Monk, but far crazier--and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
  5. Reviewed by: Anna Hart
    60
    Director Johnny To's previous flicks are slicker affairs, but there's still plenty here to please the fans.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    60
    Apart from its inventive depiction of the weaknesses that tough guys try to hide, Mad Detective is a slight work from the wildly prolific To.
  7. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    A neat idea that doesn't quite hit the bull's-eye.

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