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Mad City (1997)

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17

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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43

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Movie Info

Investigative TV journalist Max Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) suffers setbacks and winds up filing routine reports from Madeline, California. Max and his eager intern Laurie (Mia Kirshner) are doing a story at the local Museum of Natural History when a bigger story erupts. The Museum's director, Mrs. Banks (Blythe Danner), refuses to talk to former museum security guard Sam Baily (John Travolta) about his firing due to budget cuts. Angered, Sam shoots a shotgun, accidentally hitting another security

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Tom Matthews

Nov 6, 2001

Warner Home Video

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This simplistic and obvious expose about the manipulative power of the news media (lazily acted by Travoilta and Hoffman) is so familiar that it's not going to upset or provoke anyone.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Mad City is a waste of your time and money.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Comments (2)
Houston Community Newspapers

...a film of mild pleasures and mild annoyances, alternately tired and clever yet ultimately dismissible.

July 8, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

'The media are vultures' is the prevailing point here, and it is not expressed in the most original or interesting of ways.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Compelling analysis of the modern media. Somewhat obvious, but still works.

July 14, 2003
About.com

The weak material is unenthusiastically played by Dustin Hoffman and downright badly handled by John Travolta...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The actors tried too hard to make something out of nothing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has a fairly good view of the Big Picture, but its dramatic details never come into satisfying focus.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Mad City

I quite liked this movie, dustin hoffman was brill and so was john travoltas acting.
John travlta is a security guard who gets sacked but he wants it back so it turns into a hostage situation with dustin playing the reporter and in the heeart of it all.
I think this is a brilliantly acted surperb film with a heart wrenching ending and something to relate to as well its has some humour and you feel sorry for travoltas character !
well worth a watch !!
April 20, 2009
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A thought-provoking thriller that takes embedded journalism to a new level when a TV reporter (Hoffman) finds himself trapped in an accidental hostage situation. John Travolta plays to perfection the role of a simple, irate museum security guard who just wants his job back. Costa-Gavras takes his scathing satire of media influence a bit too far, but as this was intended to be a mainstream movie he had to make the satire obvious. An interesting plot and enjoyable to watch even if it was a bit slow at times.
January 25, 2009
RossCollinsUK

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December 11, 2008
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Ginny  X

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Good movie. John's character holds schoolchildren hostage.
July 14, 2007
thmtsang
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    1. Max Brackett: I fooled you into thinking I'm a great actor.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (12 months ago)
    1. Max Brackett: I am a profoundly boring actor.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (12 months ago)
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