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Finishing the Game
Better Luck Tomorrow and Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin takes a comic look at a longstanding bit of cinema mythology with this mockumentary exploring the making of Bruce Lee's unfinished final film, Game of Death. When martial arts star Lee died in 1973 after having shot roughly 20 minutes of the full-length feature, director Robert Clouse vowed to complete the film using a Bruce Lee look-alike. Though the film was eventually released into theaters in 1978, fans continue to debate just how much involvement Lee had in the making of the film nearly three decades after… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This tedious mockumentary isn't even as entertaining as one of Ed Wood's actual films, and once-promising director Justin Lin has some karma to square for fumbling such a sure thing."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"A very funny, equal-opportunity broadside that targets Asian stereotyping, and not just by non-Asians."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"You can easily tell how great a time everyone is having, and it's infectious."
‑ Don Willmott,
"Misses more comic targets than it hits."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"[T]here's little intriguing or surprising..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Intermittently funny at best, but mostly full of dead air."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"What little potential there is ends up squandered within nanoseconds; as both a parody and a polemic, the film is finished before it's barely begun."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"What exactly he's trying to say about Bruce Lee's fame and impact or the banal reality of genre moviemaking is unclear at best."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"There's about five minutes of funny in Finishing the Game, which leaves 83 minutes of "Oh, that same joke again, huh?""
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... too thin to sustain itself, even at a modest 83 minutes."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The breezy tone and obvious fun being had by the cast make Finishing the Game a slight, low-key cool cinematic essay on identity politics."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Finishing The Game doesn't get anywhere that Hollywood Shuffle didn't go to first."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The pace is flat, the celebrity cameos go nowhere, and the smugness of Lin's observations of Asian-Americans and Hollywood smothers the comedy."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Finishing the Game serves up a kick-ass comedy about a dead martial arts star, starving actors and the Hollywood system."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"The premise was so golden and in front of our noses for so long, it's amazing that is has taken this long for someone to do it. I'm still upset that it wasn't me."
‑ Jeff Wong, Film Threat
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