Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    Eventually develops into a pleasantly bombastic Bond-style adventure.
  4. An international caper with James Bond and Tom Clancy overtones - and Austin Powers undertones, too.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The action come fast and thick, and the sentimentality reaches near-operatic proportions.
  6. Eventually, Typhoon succumbs to the usual special-effects bombast and plot overkill.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Laura Kern
    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. 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.
  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. 25
    Mainstream moviegoers will be put off by the subtitles, and art-house fans will be insulted by the story's shallowness.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    A cheap-looking action movie that sabotages itself at almost every turn.

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