Conspiracy Theory (1997)

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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 … More

Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 30, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Jerry Fletcher

as Alice Sutton

as Dr. Jonas

as Agent Lowry
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Critic Reviews for Conspiracy Theory

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (17)

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.

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

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Donner is slick and shallow, but somewhat off his game here.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Conspiracy Theory

Gibson and Roberts, throw in patrick stewart and the movie should have been a lot better. Decent movie but just okay.

jmanard52
John Manard

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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.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

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?

76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

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