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May 27, 2017
I really liked it specially for chow. he is intense and does great as a corrupt cop. the chemistry between Mark and him is good. movie is not about villians , fights or anything else. it is about human nature and relationships at work
March 25, 2016
The Action and Carchasings were good ...but way to many Chinese-Asian good or bad Guy's . I only like 1 chinese or something that's Jackie Chan . Hard to follow who is who ...SOMDVD
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2016
The Corrupter definitely sounds worse than it is but it's still not that great. Yun-Fat Chow and Mark Wahlberg are two very likable actors though, and I believe that helps a lot although both have been far better. Still, historically interesting film, it's the last of its kind post 9/11. What an odd portfolio of films James Foley has!
½ May 22, 2015
Not up to the usually good Fat's Hong Kong Style.
May 6, 2015
Uh-oh wooden actor Mark Wahlberg.
March 29, 2015
This is one of those movies that really only succeeds when they switch over to the action scenes. Other than that, the dialogue is stiff and clichéd and really the whole thing sinks like a lead rock.
½ September 22, 2014
A slow burn type of film The Corrupter just never picked up its pace and even with the strong cast of Fat and Wahlberg The Corrupter just couldn't overcome the lethargic directing.
August 31, 2014
Critics and audiences be d*mned; I liked this film -- especially the relationship between Wallace (Mark Wahlberg) and Chen (Chow Yun-Fat).
½ July 27, 2014
Where is Chow Yun-Fat now, I never saw him in any movies lately in around 2010s? Please prepare to use your brain here, it's not some dumb mindless popcorn action flick that you expect it to be.
½ June 25, 2014
Personally, I think its Chow Yun Fats best Hollywood moment and as close to the HK films we love him for. Even the pissy talking whispering mouth of muscle (Wahlberg) pulls it off pretty well. Beautifully shot with fantastic lighting, this is a CYF underrated hit!!
December 29, 2013
Old Wahlberg, or should I say a very young Wahlberg. Enjoyed the movie.
August 11, 2013
Not bad and the small twist shakes it up at the right time. Yun-Fat is the balls but eclipsed by Paul Ben-Victor.
½ May 28, 2013
pretty good asian gang/cop movie. Kind of like 'training day' only in china town.
½ March 15, 2013
Great movie taking place in my hood!
March 9, 2013
Chow Yun-Fat never made movies in America as great as those he made in his Hong Kong glory years.
March 9, 2013
Director James Foley's second film "At Close Range" (1986) was a gritty true crime drama with white knuckle performances by stars Sean Penn and Christopher Walken and a memorable score. His fifth, "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992) written for the screen by David Mamet adapted from the playwright's 1984 Pulitzer is a dialogue-driven exercise in desperation with a memorable cameo by Alec Baldwin.

"The Corruptor," Foley's first and hopefully last action film is loud, gratuitous, poorly acted but most damning bereft of entertainment sets Hong Kong's biggest action star and arguably most accomplished actor Chow Yun-fat adrift in this rudderless piece of Chinatown gang war hokum.

To the credit of his language coach (controversial comedian Margaret Cho) Chow's use of English has improved ever so slightly since his bumpy transition to Hollywood in 1998, but the dialogue in "The Corruptor" is so cheap you'll hardly notice.

You don't change Chinatown, it changes you.

Co-star Mark Wahlberg, who Foley previously directed in the actor's first headlining role (1996's big screen Liftetime-like teeny bopper thriller "Fear"), goes back-to-back with wretched performances in Hollywood films featuring Hong Kong talent (1998's gutless "The Big Hit" produced by once frequent Chow collaborator John Woo and directed by Kirk Wong).

Actor Kim Chan portrays crime lord Benny Wong aka "Uncle Benny" in the wake of Chan's recent role opposite Jet Li in "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998) portraying a -- you guessed it -- crime lord named Benny "Uncle Benny" Chan.

Thankfully, to date "The Corrupter" is writer Robert Pucci's only film credit.
January 22, 2013
One of the best American films emulating Hong Kong cinema ever made. REALLY, REALLY good. SEE THE UNCUT VERSION!!!
Super Reviewer
½ January 4, 2013
I really enjoy this film thanks to the depth of the characters. Usually an action film will firmly become an action film with little room for character. The emotion of each character doesn't feel forced and the corruption is simply a means to an end.
The direction is quite down played especially the well created score of the film. The film really divided audiences who expected an all out action film and what was delivered was an interesting police drama.
The film is criminally underrated and is basically a drama dressed in an action front to sell more tickets. This doesn't work and its a common studio issue of selling a movie to the wrong audience.
Mark wahlberg continues to impress me with some down played characters. He couldn't follow in he's co stars spot light because the film would feel odd.
The film was good and well acted but the issues were the bursts of action and over acting. This film should of done a lot better but was left out to dry thanks to the studio. Don't give this film the cold shoulder
December 7, 2012
Want to see it! Will have to take into account!
½ November 13, 2012
A lot of talent can't save this sub-par effort.
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