• Released
  • July 26, 2013
  • (Limited NY, LA 8/2)
  • NR , 1 hr 45 min
  • Action/Adventure
100

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The climactic shootout, which goes on for 15 minutes and has an astronomical body count, is a masterpiece of its kind.
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100

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all business, business, business.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

I'll go ahead and call Drug War the best Hong Kong action movie since "Infernal Affairs" (the 2002 film that Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed"), even though technically it's a Chinese film.
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91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
More traditional in terms of atmosphere and plot, Drug War nevertheless features a tense, unstoppable momentum, a morally ambiguous protagonist and hugely involving action scenes.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
In Drug War, Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the classic cops-and-robbers chase.
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90

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Hot-dog Hong Kong action stylist Johnnie To has never achieved the cult status of John Woo in this country, but his explosively entertaining — and startlingly splattery — Drug War should win him new fans.
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90

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Evil cannot triumph in a movie made in China, but Drug War's ultimate scene nonetheless manages to astonish, revealing both Choi's character and the nature of mainland justice. Rather than dodging the harshness of Chinese authority, To depicts it implacably. He does exactly what the censors want, and yet subverts their worldview.
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90

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Drug War might arguably be [To's] best film for this reason—it doesn't attempt to raise the stakes on its genre, but instead fully exploits what's there, piecing together an elaborate narc campaign tale out of classic clichés and tight-knot plotting, and letting the disaster of balls-out crime make its own statement.
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88

RogerEbert.com

By Simon Abrams
The film's flintiness and initially subdued nastiness set it apart from most other action films about the thin line separating cops from crooks.
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80

Variety

By Boyd van Hoeij
A nail-biter that’s actually quite light on action but so well-scripted and shot, it’s nonetheless edge-of-your-seat material.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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