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  • Summary: After he betrays Mr. Wei, the ruthless crime boss who hired him to avenge his son's death, professional killer John Lee (Yun-Fat) goes on the run. Enlisting the aid of beautiful document forger Meg Coburn (Sorvino), Lee attempts to return to his family in China before they are victimized by his betrayal.  (Sony)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 75
    It's a high-gloss version of a Hong Kong action picture, made in America but observing the exuberance of a genre where surfaces are everything.
  2. 63
    The plot is so thin that it's not really worth thinking about, but director Antoine Fuqua and cinematographer Peter Lyons Collister have put so much effort into the feel and appearance of the movie that it held my attention.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    It's just like a spectacularly excessive and melodramatically daft Cantonese crime opus, but in English, with a thumpingly trendy soundtrack.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Hong Kong action fans hoping for spontaneous combustion from the American debut of superstar Chow Yun-Fat might want to turn their weapons on the producers.
  5. Between cycles of gunfights and glowering, Yun-Fat displays some of the dignity and suave good looks that account for his star status (without much chance to show his wit).
  6. To put it as kindly as possible, Fuqua is a well-intended tyro who wrongly assumes that his obvious love for action movies qualifies him to make them himself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite action movies of the 90's.
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  2. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    One of the best action movies of 1998.
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  3. Sep 28, 2014
    10
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    10
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    10
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    10
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  7. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Replacement Killers is an incessant action thriller produced by John Woo. Chow Yun Fat plays an assassin who refuses to take out a mark. His bosses hire replacement killers to kill him for botching the job. A girl who makes a passport for Fat gets caught in the crossfire, then they are on the run together. A very cool action ride with emphasized style and wit. Expand