So Close


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. A martial arts valentine to the power of fighting women. It's a slick and delirious Hong Kong action film.
  2. The surprising lack of humor in So Close, and long, trying stretches between combat sequences aren't likely to attract new converts to the genre.
  3. A brilliant example of the genre -- with romantic subplots to boot.
  4. Abounds with zero-gravity action ballet, frisky interludes of sapphic foreplay, and weepy drama about doomed love. The film also has an irresistibly kitschy theme song: "Close to You," the treacly Burt Bacharach-Hal David smash by the Carpenters.
  5. 90
    Next to the Hong Kong action picture So Close, nearly every Hollywood thriller of the summer looks like an elementary-school project thrown together the Sunday night before it was due.
  6. 80
    The protracted final sequence, which involves balletic swordplay worthy of the famous scene in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will take your breath away.
  7. 80
    This sort of film lives or dies by its promise of bullet-dodging, stylishly clad women throwing themselves into impossible feats of daring, and when the time comes for action, Yuen displays a rare gift.
  8. 30
    With the exception of some of the battles, which have the angry desperation of Mr. Yuen's inspired martial-arts choreography, Close is a nominal effort.
  9. So Close is a beautiful mess. I didn't really understand what was going on, but I loved every stylized minute of it.
  10. 50
    If it weren't for the estrogen-fueled action scenes -- choreographed by director Cory Yuen with wit and style -- So Close would be as disposable as the shampoo ad it all too often resembles.
  11. A silly Hong Kong action flick from actor-turned-director Corey Yuen, fits nicely in the "bimbo fu" genre.
  12. Sleek, stylish and crammed with girl-power action.
  13. 75
    Its sense of play, its sleek design and Yuen's spectacular action sequences will make it, I suspect, attractive to palates not accustomed to the spicier or cruder forms of this genre.
  14. So Close is the film "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" dreams of being: sleek, silly, completely ridiculous and irresistible.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A delirious example of grrrl power, Hong Kong style.
  16. Cory Yuen's So Close is a kind of Hong Kong martial-arts variation on the Charlie's Angels movies, only better.
  17. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Slickly packaged, unashamedly exploitative popcorn movie.
  18. 40
    A resolution gifting world-surveillance software to the cops, plus slo-mo action over the oft reprised "Close to You," stretch past bullet time into nap time.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. TerryO.
    Nov 17, 2005
    The comments of several "10" reviewers are as ridiculous and phony as the film itself, and that is no small feat. Might as well have been The comments of several "10" reviewers are as ridiculous and phony as the film itself, and that is no small feat. Might as well have been titled Soh Soh Dum, or Wha Ta Dud. Full Review »
  2. zeiynahchelled.
    Sep 4, 2005
    This movie was the greatest was so amazing this movie shows girl go girls we are the best among the rest...just keep it real.