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The Good Shepherd Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The film's watchable enough if you're indulgent of its flaws but at 167 minutes it does tax the patience.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 15, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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De Niro juggles the myriad big-picture parts with reserved professionalism; it's the central character, ironically, that's the movie's Achilles' heel.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

February 3, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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No previous American film has ventured into this still largely unknown territory with such authority and emotional detachment. For this reason alone, The Good Shepherd is must-see viewing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 3, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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De Niro seems to be good with actors but less successful at stringing a movie together, and keeping it together, scene by scene.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 30, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The mesmerizing espionage thriller chronicles the inception and ascendancy of the CIA.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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It's like watching a fish stare at you from inside the magnifying wall of an aquarium, and about as exciting.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a long (nearly three hours), deliberately paced film, and an intelligent one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd is a remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else.

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

December 22, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Damon is solid as usual, but as the film rolls into hour three, his inscrutability starts to feel less like a personality trait than an unwillingness to develop the character.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 22, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A cool-headed thriller, and a richly detailed character study that traces the birth and evolution of America's foreign espionage bureaucracy, The Good Shepherd also marks a significantly more mature, assured directing turn from Robert De Niro.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a perfectly paranoid world that director Robert De Niro chronicles in this patient, methodical thriller.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a rich concept -- The Godfather, Part II set in Langley, Va. -- and it might have been a classic if someone like Francis Ford Coppola had come out of semi-retirement to direct it.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 22, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Sad to say, but Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, an ambitious and starry but lamentably interminable attempt to trace the beginnings of the Central Intelligence Agency, may well have you counting sheep.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If the lives of CIA spies are really this dreary, they may as well keep their secrets to themselves.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Good Shepherd, for all its noble intentions, manages to make even espionage boring.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

December 22, 2006
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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An intricate, deliberately paced 2-hour and 37-minute work that not only quietly presents this quicksand world but also makes us feel what it would be like to live in it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The Good Shepherd is a painstakingly composed film, as planned and programmed and puzzled over as tactical maneuvers on a chessboard.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The Good Shepherd is a flat draft of history that looks at the Central Intelligence Agency's early years through the horn-rimmed gaze of a fictional spook.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Painfully overlong, weighed down by its own self-conscious seriousness and filled with nonsurprises, The Good Shepherd will appeal only to those who like dreary tales filled with unlikable characters.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

December 22, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The Good Shepherd is a quietly sweeping, intensely intelligent and nail-biting history of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

December 22, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Moving from 1939 to 1961, an incident-heavy script finds enough material to keep several movies percolating, yet it seldom reaches a boil.

| Original Score: C+

December 22, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Robert De Niro sat at the feet of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, and learned his lessons well.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Told with a visual efficiency that belies the film's considerable length, Shepherd is a muscular, unsentimental movie about shadow warriors and dark compromises. It takes its audience's intelligence for granted and rewards it at every turn.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

December 22, 2006
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Perhaps it's fitting that a movie about the early CIA be tangled and opaque, but this drama loosely based on the life of uberspook James Angleton verges on incoherence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 22, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The Good Shepherd leaves you longing for the other, better political thrillers it evokes.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is an origin story about the C.I.A., and for the filmmakers that story boils down to fathers who fail their sons.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 21, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The Good Shepherd is serious adult moviemaking, a truly surprising effort from De Niro, a man deeply interested in the art, craft and psychology of espionage.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 21, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The Good Shepherd does occasionally strike the right, creepy note.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

December 21, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Except for helping you maintain a consistently slow pulse rate, The Good Shepherd isn't good for much.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Imagine a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant version of the first two Godfather movies drained of operatic passion but left with all their epochal sweep, double-dealing violence and richly detailed verisimilitude.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a rare occasion when you emerge from a sprawling three-hour movie thinking about how much they left out.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This rangy spy saga, odd but not unrewarding, oscillates between murmured, hushed skullduggery and the eerie quiet of its central character.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Robert De Niro has] made one of the best pictures of the year.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

December 21, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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It's almost impossible to buy Wilson as a pioneer who helped shape one of the world's most intricate and devious intelligence agencies, leaving us to wonder how the CIA could ever have gotten off the ground through the labors of such an utter stiff.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 20, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Clocking in at nearly three hours, The Good Shepherd is a numbing history of the C.I.A. that leaves you Novocained.

December 20, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It's the story of the season: Trim about a half-hour and you could turn a good movie into a great one.

December 19, 2006
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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As long as it is, Shepherd speeds through its leading man's life, cramming in 30 years without elaborating on any of them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 19, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Good Shepherd is equally fascinating as a character drama and as a cold war thriller.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 18, 2006
David Denby
New Yorker
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One of the most impressive movies ever made about espionage.

December 18, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's tough to slog through a movie that has no pulse.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 15, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A buttoned-up, shadowy dramatic recounting of the early days of the buttoned-up, shadowy Central Intelligence Agency.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 13, 2006

TIME Magazine
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Damon is terrific in the role--all-knowing, never overtly expressing a feeling.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 11, 2006
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Even if the movie's vast reach exceeds its grasp, it's a spellbinding history lesson.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

December 11, 2006

Variety
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Not boring, exactly, but undeniably tedious.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 8, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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While a bit unwieldy at nearly three hours and at times slow going, the film is absolutely fascinating for anyone who shares De Niro's passions.

December 8, 2006
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