• Released
  • March 12, 1999
  • Action Thriller
    Buddy Film
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The Corruptor' quickly turns into a good bad-cop drama of fascinating moral complexity.
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Film Threat

By Ron Wells
I don't know if this movie could have been made with anyone but Chow Yun-Fat. As Chen, he finally is allowed to display the nervous energy and Eastern rhythms we associate with his Hong Kong work.
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Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
At this point, "The Corruptor" looks as if it's going to be just a rehash of an early Dirty Harry movie, but it surprises by taking us inside Chinatown, where we discover just how sinister and elaborate the relationships between the police and the businessmen can be. [12 Mar 1999]
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It aspires to greater moral ambiguity than the average crime thriller, and if it doesn't entirely succeed it nevertheless avoids the lazy moral bankruptcy of movies like "Lethal Weapon 4."
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San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
From Juan Ruiz-Anchia's florid, eruptive photography to the pinpoint editing by Howard E. Smith that enhances it, everyone involved with The Corruptor understands that action is the bottom line - except Chow.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Beneath The Corruptor's explosive body count is a rock-solid, visually slick crime thriller set in the squalid netherworld of Manhattan's Chinatown.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The Corruptor is visually lively and filled with gratuitous destruction. [12 Mar 1999]
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By James Berardinelli
An interesting plot element or two and a stylish visual approach can't save James Foley's The Corruptor from coming across as a run-of-the-mill cop movie.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What you get in this cop drama is NYPD Blue lite. That's not bad. In fact, it's compulsively watchable. But there are no leaps, just fits and starts.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The director is James Foley, who is obviously not right for this material.
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56 out of 100
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