The Hollywood Reporter

Bangkok won't be making any appearances at the Oscars, but it is executed with skill and -- a severed limb or two notwithstanding -- without too much bloody excess.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Doesn't work because it isn't much of a ride. The action scenes are strictly by rote. The incidental characters are all incidental.
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Without the technical nastiness and fatal realism that made the initial film so compelling, the remake feels like a hollow excuse to present the myriad ways in which a bullet can pierce a cranium, rather than an edgy portrait of Third World violence.
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Film Threat

By Stina Chyn
I didn't hate this film. I didn't find it to be a waste of time or brain waves. Given the reasons I saw the film, I suppose I'm 50% disappointed.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
I'm beginning to suspect there's some sort of ancient, or at least post-Pearl Harbor, curse in play that stops genre-oriented Asian filmmakers from creating anything of all but the most negligible merit once they hit the California shore.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
As a cinematic experience, it's like being locked in a coffin for an hour and a half.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A morose, slow-moving action picture.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Adds to the sad realization that this once-vibrant and witty actor (Cage) is completely controlled now by his inner teenager.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Bangkok Dangerous is bad without lifting a finger toward interesting. The trouble with it is that the people who've made it don't appear to understand life enough to allow any of it into their movie. This is an airless affair.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The filmmakers even manage to turn seamy Bangkok into the least exotic setting imaginable.
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24 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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