Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. A few others have compared this to a James Bond movie, but it's more of a piece with a Tom Clancy movie; it never leaves the real world that far behind, it has a fair sense of documentary reality, and the action sequences -- from shootout to car chase to a commando takedown of a tanker on the high seas to a final knife fight -- are extremely well managed.
  2. 70
    Eventually develops into a pleasantly bombastic Bond-style adventure.
  3. Ambitious and impressive, both in its provocative themes and superb production design using striking sets and locations in Korea, Russia and Thailand, this handsome epic amply rewards audiences willing to go the distance.
  4. 63
    The action come fast and thick, and the sentimentality reaches near-operatic proportions.
  5. An international caper with James Bond and Tom Clancy overtones - and Austin Powers undertones, too.
  6. Eventually, Typhoon succumbs to the usual special-effects bombast and plot overkill.
  7. 50
    This may be the biggest production in Korean-film history, but viewers should search elsewhere for a better sampling of what the country has to offer.
  8. 50
    The movie is executed by director Kwak Kyung-Taek with flair, technical polish and tumescent firepower that the shriveled cinemas of Hong Kong and Japan can no longer match. But every gesture feels synthetic, from the back story about North-South separation to massage the emotions of the home audience, to the 24-style globe-hopping nuclear-terrorism premise.
  9. As silly movies go, this one is at least pretty exciting. But in the end, Typhoon leaves you feeling as exiled from the two Koreas as Sin is.
  10. 50
    Typhoon aims high but misses the emotional mark in most instances, resulting in some awkward melodramatics. Even so, it flourishes during its well-executed action sequences and commands attention almost instantaneously, though, in the end, it will be forgotten just as quickly.
  11. Kwak is indeed a highly original voice, but you wouldn't know it from Typhoon. It seems as if he's constrained by the conventional material.
  12. While a huge hit in its native country, is neither arty nor truly thrilling enough to greatly impress American audiences.
  13. An exhausting combination of generic thriller, political tract and sentimental weepie.
  14. The humorless and self-important execution attempts an operatic scale but only succeeds in sinking the remnants of the story's integrity. By the time it makes landfall, this incoherent production has blown itself out.
  15. 25
    Mainstream moviegoers will be put off by the subtitles, and art-house fans will be insulted by the story's shallowness.
  16. A cheap-looking action movie that sabotages itself at almost every turn.

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