The Good Shepherd Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
As a punishingly ambiguous and astonishingly thorough tragedy, "The Good Shepherd" shows that emotions as human as any errors can undermine intelligence and questions whether God and country alone can be enough for a man's soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Stylistically engaging, narratively murky, historically worthless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
You will probably come away from it impressed but unmoved.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
A isappointing hybrid that's too bloated, diffuse and tedious to work as a regular length movie -- yet has not enough emotional range or narrative focus to be considered a great epic drama.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 25, 2007
Damn near drowns itself with its unwaveringly solemn sense of importance
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 27, 2007
Seems thoroughly conflicted about whether it actually buys what it's selling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
June 22, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 27, 2007
A pesar de su extensa duración, la película no parece tener un minuto de sobra. El relato es apasionante, y está servido por un actor-director que ha aprendido mucho de sus maestros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
In a mystery worthy of the CIA, The Good Shepherd ends up being both too long and too short.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 21, 2007
Not quite unlocking the secret history of the CIA.
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
March 20, 2007
The Good Shepherd tells a compelling, complex, personal and political story and tells it extremely well. It's an engrossing film.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 16, 2007
Apropriadamente mergulhado em sombras e belíssimas imagens em contraluz, é o segundo trabalho de De Niro como diretor, que revela, aqui, um olhar inspirado para composições e, como já era de se esperar, um talento inegável para a condução do elenco.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 26, 2007
Better than any of the feature film versions of John le Carre's novels and nearly as good as the TV mini-series based on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
February 26, 2007
It's a film for fans of John Le Carre, rather than Ian Fleming.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
February 26, 2007
Never manages to create a gripping strand to hold our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 23, 2007
Not a film everyone will like. But those who do will appreciate De Niro's insistence on accurate detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
February 23, 2007
165 minutes of my life I will never get back, damn it. This is one shepherd that's lost control of its flock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 23, 2007
De Niro deserves credit for the broad, ambitious canvas he's worked on, but his movie is just as mechanical and humourless as his protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
February 23, 2007
On paper this had "belter" written all over it. Sadly, Damon's lifeless performance in the lead role failed to keep me gripped throughout the movie's bum-numbing 167 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 23, 2007
Touches are just enough to earn The Good Shepherd a third star. But De Niro might want to stick to acting in future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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