The Corruptor


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    There's tenderness, humor, a gratuitous body double, and splashy lighting in this ho-hum action drama, which takes itself at times too seriously and at other times not seriously enough.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Bignell
    Okay, it may not be Shakespeare, but it's a welcome bonus, for neither Chow or Wahlberg looks out of place in crossfire that would likely leave trained military personnel shell-shocked.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Diana Abu-Jaber
    Foley is an actors' directors stuck here with a genre piece, and it shows: The action (save a killer car chase) is clumsily staged. Still, the story about corrupt police in New York's Chinatown has occasional moments of depth. [12 Mar 1999]
  4. The trite story has plenty of distasteful moments, but Wahlberg and Yun-Fat justify their growing reputations as capable Hollywood actors.
  5. 50
    What you get in this cop drama is NYPD Blue lite. That's not bad. In fact, it's compulsively watchable. But there are no leaps, just fits and starts.
  6. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat is so charismatic in his second Hollywood outing, The Corruptor, that he almost makes us forget that the movie itself is one of the more pretentious, muddled and incompetent action films to come along in some time. [12 Mar 1999]
  7. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    After a sensational beginning, the movie loses its way in the late going and somehow doesn't deliver. [12 Mar 1999]
  8. 40
    Though Foley is adept at handling the action, the film is a grim washout peppered with too many earnest, good-cop/bad-cop conundrums and not enough solid police work.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. R.Lopez
    Jan 25, 2009
    The Corrupter is an amazing crime thriller that combines intense action and shocking twist that will have your jaw on the floor. The The Corrupter is an amazing crime thriller that combines intense action and shocking twist that will have your jaw on the floor. The Corrupter stars Mark Wahlberg as Danny Wallace a rookie cop who works in the Asian Gang Unit, he works under and with Detective Lieutenant Nicholas Chen the head of the A.G.U. Wallace first case with Chen is to solve a bunch of brutal murders that are happening all over Chinatown, but as Wallace get's deeper and deeper into the case Wallace finds out something that bust the whole thing wide open. The Corrupter is one of those rare crime thrillers it keeps you guessing and thinking right up to the jaw dropping climax that will leave you breathe less. I highly recommended this amazing crime film. I hope my review helps~ C.R. Lopez. Full Review »