The Negotiator (1998)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 14
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by her gun-wielding dad, he's praised by both the police department and the media, and he returns to his usual cop routines with his
Jul 29, 1998 Wide
Dec 15, 1998
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Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller
A hybrid action-drama featuring the choreographed pyrotechnics of director Gray and a battle of words between contrasting hostage negotiators Jackson and Spacey.
The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s.
The movie's a thriller that really hums along, and I was intensely involved almost all the way. Only now, typing up my notes, do I fully realize how many formula elements it contains.
ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life.
This highly incredible story lives and dies on its leading performances, so it's a damn good thing someone hired Jackson and Spacey to go toe to toe. [Blu-ray]
...it's a cops-and-robbers film with a couple of nifty twists. (Blu-ray Edition)
...may lack a certain degree of common sense but makes up for it with plenty of excitement and suspense.
What makes this talk-heavy actioner work is the intriguing battle of wits between two formidable, intelligent opponents.
Jackson and Spacey, et al, demonstrate that even the most pedestrian script can be elevated by good acting.
Audience Reviews for The Negotiator
- Stacy Sabian: I'm a pill.
- Rudy: You know what Nietzsche says: Even the strongest have their moments of fatigue. And I'm fatigued, Danny. I'm just, I'm fucking fatigued.
- Chris Sabian: I once talked a guy out of blowing up the Sears Tower but I can't talk my wife out of the bedroom or my kid off the phone.
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