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The Deal Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing.

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March 26, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[T]he feeling of concrete, this-ain't-science-fiction reality the film creates is effectively low-key eerie...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

June 25, 2006
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Works more effectively as a collegiate dissertation than a fictional dissection of people caught in events beyond their control.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Entertaining but muddled corporate thriller.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2005
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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A riveting thriller full of good scares and learned, muckraking insight into the global labyrinth of oil and politics.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 16, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An attractively packaged political thriller that mixes Wall Street chicanery with mean streets skullduggery.

June 6, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Never entirely convincing yet always watchable.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 6, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...astoundingly dull...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: .5/4

August 21, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

Basically, The Deal looks and sounds a whole lot like a big-budget, feature-length TV commercial for Merrill Lynch.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 11, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Most of the action takes place in board meetings, with characters handing each other secret memos or talking on the phone; it's a shockingly non-visual movie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

June 29, 2005
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

Would you put a billion-dollar deal in the hands of Christian Slater?

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 25, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2005
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Though torn from tomorrow's political headlines, the story is too convoluted to be either entertaining or comprehensible.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

June 18, 2005
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

This is one hell of a cast and they all do a great job with the piss-poor script.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 18, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/4

June 17, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Seldom entertaining.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Shot largely in Toronto and cast with the best of the B-list, this film has the low-rent gloss of a made-for-cable thriller.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 17, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

June 17, 2005

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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October 18, 2008
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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June 24, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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December 6, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 18, 2005

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June 16, 2005
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