Collateral Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
I loved it.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 16, 2004
Throughout the gruesome cat-and-mouse game being played by Vincent and Max in Collateral, there's something psychologically, dramatically and even sociologically interesting going on.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2004
This is a tense, first-rate thriller.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 8, 2004
Most of the time we are with Cruise and Foxx, and their interplay is never less than galvanizing.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 7, 2004
After that promising start, Collateral ratchets down, gradually, to being only average.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
If Collateral is all formula, it's polished to a fine sheen.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 6, 2004
Collateral is the best kind of genre filmmaking: It plays by the rules, obeys the traditions and is both familiar and fresh at once.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 6, 2004
A crime drama made with immense skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 6, 2004
[Tom Cruise has] never been this convincingly wicked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2004
It's straight-up entertainment, not something to see and then talk about a month later, but definitely something to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 6, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2004
The best thing Mann brings to his picture is a strong sense of time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 6, 2004
Collateral isn't a shockingly original motion picture. But the strength of the lead performances and the stylish direction of Michael Mann obscure the weaknesses in plotting and credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 6, 2004
Yet another lackluster late-summer thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 6, 2004
Feels a lot like the sort of stock, early-'80s thrillers that Mann once tried to make extinct.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 6, 2004
Though it is a far less ambitious entertainment than Tarantino's masterpiece, it has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 6, 2004
Collateral is a small, modest movie writ large by people so talented, they aren't capable of anything less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 6, 2004
Mann brings some of the style and assurance he brought to Heat and Thief.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 6, 2004
A fairly typical bang-bang exercise with outrageous shootouts, lots of dead bodies and well-placed comic relief.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 6, 2004
Intelligent, elegantly written and well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 6, 2004
Collateral takes us on a wild night ride through Los Angeles.
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 6, 2004
Arguably the best studio film of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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August 6, 2004
A suspense thriller with little real suspense and few thrills.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2004
This is a rare thriller that's as much character study as sound and fury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 6, 2004
Collateral is the kind of sleek Maserati that can make men weak in the knees, but the sad truth is that it has a straight-4 under the hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 6, 2004
Mann never lets the audience settle into familiar patterns, crafting a moody, mesmerizing battle between good and evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 6, 2004
Reminiscent of the orchestrated mayhem of vintage John Woo, this is showpiece kinetic filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 5, 2004
A stirring two-hour footnote to [Mann's] masterpiece Heat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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August 5, 2004
It's too bad that halfway through, Collateral turns into a series of loud, chaotic, over-the-top action set pieces in which the existentialist Mann proves he's lousy at action.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 5, 2004
Mann puts Collateral through its paces so elegantly that even the most predictable scenes deliver a wallop.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2004
Collateral crackles with energy and purpose, a propulsive film with character on its mind and confident men and women on both sides of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 5, 2004
Pitched between interludes of anxious intimacy and equally nerve-shredding set pieces, Michael Mann's edgy new thriller scores its points with underhand precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 5, 2004
Well-cast and well-acted, top to bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 5, 2004
A suspenseful, jolting and even thrilling ride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 5, 2004
As much a dark, odd couple comedy as it is a quirky, efficient little thriller.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 5, 2004
Mann hits a new peak, orchestrating action, atmosphere and bruising humor with a poet's eye for urban darkness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 5, 2004
[Jamie Foxx is] the reason to see Collateral, as he walks into the frame and walks off with the picture.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Newsday
August 5, 2004
Mann's film makes Tom Cruise fun to watch again, because he occasionally plays someone besides Tom Cruise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 5, 2004
Collateral has such classy trappings, you're constantly expecting more -- but while there may be less here than meets the eye, this is solid stuff in the midst of Hollywood's dog days.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 5, 2004
As violent thrillers go, Collateral goes down quite nicely, stirring up hardly any acid reflux at all.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2004
A throwback to Mann's 1995 Heat.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2004
An expertly-made thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 5, 2004
A thing of lean, cool beauty, the movie's a killer showcase for Foxx and Cruise.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2004
Cruise and Foxx are so good together because they allow the two characters to get under each other's skin. They're buddies and enemies at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 3, 2004
A slim drink of thin beer, remarkable only as evidence that Mann might have a modern masterpiece in him if he were cut loose and allowed to roam around in his own obsessions.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 3, 2004
Mann has become a master builder of sequences, the opposite of the contemporary action directors who produce a brutally meaningless whirl of movement.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 2, 2004
This intensely focused piece soars not only on the director's precision-tooled style but also on the outstanding interplay between leads Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 2, 2004
A high-concept thriller with no other agenda. Nevertheless, it is quite a ride.