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Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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43

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a New York City cab driver who seems to have absorbed every bit of crackpot information passed along as "suppressed news" that's surfaced on talk radio or the Internet in the past 20 years. Anti-United Nations militia men who are actually U.N. operatives? NASA scientists engineering earthquakes? Oliver Stone's secret life as a government agent discrediting conspiracy theorists? Jerry's heard 'em all and believes most of them, and even publishes his own journal of

R,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Brian Helgeland

Dec 30, 1997

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (20) | DVD (4)

Donner directs with an efficient hand. He keeps the action moving briskly. But most important for this format, he knows how to slip in a quick joke or two without detracting from the tension of the suspenseful plot.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film starts to sour after 20 minutes...

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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...more long-winded than cunningly elaborate, more simplistic than elegantly simple, and more nonsensical than anything else.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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...the strong impact that Gibson makes as damaged goods is diluted by selling Jerry as cute and redeemable.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing love story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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...a marginally engrossing thriller that ultimately comes off as something of a disappointment...

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Two-thirds of a fine comedy of paranoia.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

About a truth seeker who has a difficult time figuring out who to trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing multiple roles.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If you've ever questioned Gibson's appeal, this serio-comic thriller offers 135 minutes of persuasive evidence as to why he's become one of the world's most reliable box-office draws.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...even at two hours and 15 minutes, Conspiracy Theory is fast-paced and exciting, effectively mixing drama, comedy, ingenuity, suspense, revelation and a heartening sense of a triumph of humanity.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Parece que se tornou uma especialidade de Hollywood transformar idéias boas, criativas, em filmes de perseguição constante.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

I guess a Julia Roberts fetish can't overcome a crummy script and bad production values after all.

June 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The action gets tiresome early, and the inspiration-starved script shamelessly lifts key plot elements from The Parallax View and Manchurian Candidate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

...an uneasy mix of laughs and thrills; suspense and soap.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Mel's sheepish grins, charming buffoonery and flashes of wit carry the picture to such an extent that we are generously forgiving towards the skimpy dividend that is the return for our investment.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Gibson delivers one of his best performances as Jerry; he finds ways to make a difficult, abrasive character likable and vulnerable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Conspiracy Theory

Another outstanding collaboration of the "Lethal Weapon" dream team Gibson and Donner, creating a funny, enthralling and exciting conspiracy thriller with all elements it needs. While Gibson's character is clearly a lunatic he finally may be onto something as suddenly an agency is out to have him killed, and only Julia Roberts (who never looked cuter) can help him. The chemistry between the two stars is great and helps a lot to make this work, the smart and engrossing script helps too and of course Donner knows how to direct chases. Sometimes the lunacy goes a bit over board, but the dots of humor doesn't make the overall threat any smaller and the movie always manages to keep you on the edge of your seat. Carter Burwell delievered an excellent soundtrack for it, too. And the last five minutes are near-perfect. Excellent thriller movie making.
November 9, 2011
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Whilst Mel Gibson's performance is ridiculously over the top, the storyline is of interest as a paranoia/conspiracy film.

In real terms, the storyline seems completely far fetched, but then aren't most conpiracies?
July 10, 2011
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

Paranoid cab driver Mel Gibson becomes the target for government spooks when one of his many bizarre conspiracy theories turns out to be true. The team that brought us the Lethal Weapon franchise reunite for more slapstick action in this Hollywood thriller that couldn't be more middle of the road if it were scattered with roadkill. Gibson goes through the usual likeable loon motions as he tries to romance terminally bland attorney Julia Roberts while being chased by the usual gun toting, black clad suspects in helicopters and on motorbikes. Donner is quite adept at mainstream action but thanks to some unnecessary chases and flabby pacing it gets less and less interesting as it goes and a potentially interesting plot twist is jettisoned in favour of the usual idiot pleasing happy ending, provided by a quite excruciating final scene. Slightly reminiscent of Jackie Chan's early combinations of espionage and comedy it's inoffensive junk, but it's still junk.
May 25, 2011
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