Critic Reviews

  • 80
    Chicago Reader
    Johnny To is considered one of the best action filmmakers in Hong Kong, and in this smart, stylized gangland thriller (2005) he looks at the messy inner workings of a triad.
  • 80
    A.O. Scott The New York Times
    By the end, Mr. To has proven himself to be a genre hack of uncommon intelligence and soul: a first-rate entertainer who can thrill you into thinking.
  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post
    A poignant moment occurs in Election when a young boy sees his father brutally beat another mobster to death.
  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe
    Mostly Election tracks the shifting of power among men for whom power is all that matters, no matter how much lip service they pay to loyalty. The final sequence is a shocker but it's also completely logical.
  • 70
    Derek Elley Variety
    Some general viewers may feel let down by the relatively scant action.
  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter
    A repellent movie filled with gratuitous violence, Election is bound to find an appreciative audience among those who like their cinematic criminals noisy, stupid and deadly.