The Assignment Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 6, 2005
Stylish spy flick with a surprisingly good cast.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 10, 2004
A non-formula spy thriller without the glitz and romanticism usually associated with this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 24, 2002
Quinn is excellent in the dual roles of Jackal and Ramirez.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Intelligent and gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The assignment, should you choose to accept it, does pay off in potent thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
An intelligent, imaginative bit a fiction about suggesting one way the killer may have been captured.
Glenn Slavin
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Quinn gives a commanding performance as both Ramirez and Carlos.
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A film of real finesse, style and intelligence, an espionage thriller of the old school, with some modern technical embellishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Great premise is executed with enough style and thrills to keep the piece interesting throughout its close to two-hour runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic

Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
August 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
February 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
If there's a small saving grace to this crude thriller, it is the work of Montreal-born director Christian Duguay, who shows flashes of real flare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 25, 2002
The plot raises the keenly important question of whether professionals who fight evil may be corrupted by the ruthless means they employ; but the movie takes too much pleasure in sensationalistic digressions to explore this issue very thoroughly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Melodramatic pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
If you believe that Elvis still lives or that a millennial invasion of flying saucers is imminent, you might buy the bogus premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A spy thriller with no thrills, no doubt an interesting cinematic gambit but not one we'd recommend.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A mediocre action-thriller combination that revolves around a preposterous plan for the same reason that most pot-boilers do; it's just the nature of the beast.
Top Critic
Brendan Kelly
March 26, 2009
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