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Mindhunters (2005)

tomatometer

25

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 86

A retread of Ten Little Indians that lacks the source material's wit.

6

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 31

A retread of Ten Little Indians that lacks the source material's wit.

audience

58

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 33,708

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Finnish-born Hollywood filmmaker Renny Harlin directs the suspense thriller Mindhunters with a screenplay by writer/director Wayne Kramer. Val Kilmer stars as Harris, an FBI official teaching a group of trainees the art of profiling serial killers. He takes them on a weekend retreat to a deserted island for some supplemental simulation exercises in which they catch a fake killer. When some FBI trainees get killed for real, the rest figure the murderer must be one of them. Class leader Sara

Sep 20, 2005

$4.4M

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It was supposed to open in the spring of 2003, but they kept pushing back the release date. They should have kept pushing.

May 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Evidently, these young FBI geniuses were just on a collective undercover assignment to infiltrate the Melrose Avenue club scene, because their disguise consists of half-grown (or half-ungrown) beards, shaggy hair, [and] insouciant wisecracking attitudes.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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As effective as a movie can be and yet still be 100 percent forgettable.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Excessive violence, hysterical directorial overkill and a cast of mostly glamorous non-actors make this relatively short film seem much longer than it really is.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There's nothing particularly deep about this film -- and Harlin's efforts to jazz things up do occasionally go over-the-top.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

...for all its pseudo logic, Mindhunters is just as implausible as any Halloween sequel.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Its every brain-dead move is designed to cover up the implausible story's beehive of inconsistencies.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A cool, scrappy B movie with no pretentions

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comment (1)
3BlackChicks Review

Somewhat of a self-fulfilling title.

June 18, 2005 Full Review
Norman Transcript

More so than any other action director, Harlin is able to take mediocre and often outlandishly stupid scripts and punch them up into endlessly watchable guilty-pleasure gold.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A killer thriller exploit that will hold some appeal for audiences that tense up in enjoyment at every fresh spurt of blood and ask for little more.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

The spirit of Agatha Christie hovers over 'Mindhunters,' a suspenseful mystery with plenty of suspects to keep viewers guessing about the identity of a serial killer.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

I came away thinking how uninventive the story was, and how a little imagination together with a quick read from any issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine might have helped.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

the more I think about the logic of Mindhunters, the less I like it

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Harlin treads a line between well-orchestrated suspense and death porn, even underlining his carnage with anti-smoking and anti-gun messages.

May 18, 2005 Full Review

The question is supposed to be, 'Who is the killer?' The question that actually emerges, though, is 'Why we should care?'

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Garbage of the potential camp-classic kind.

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

For what it is -- another stalk 'n' slash -- "Mindhunters" has a few moments of intelligence.

May 16, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The movie contains a laughable premise and too many plot holes.

May 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

How much fun you have depends on whether or not you can warm up to the idea of Agatha Christie done in the wildly overbaked style of Deep Blue Sea.

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

There is no necessary tension, no memorable characters, and no sense of fun. Instead, Renny Harlin just lines up his cast and knocks off their boring asses one at a time.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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Audience Reviews for Mindhunters

Teeheehee! This kind of reminds me of a parallel version of Saw, which paradoxically takes itself more seriously but has a greater sense of fun. A bunch of impossibly smart, conveniently wounded and hubristically arrogant characters are stranded on an island and pitted against a serial killer that apparently has the powers of telepathy and precognition. It's like death-by-Rube-Goldberg-device set against the backdrop of a gritty police procedural drama. It's the strangest and funniest thing to watch. There are scenes that totally grip you in suspense (though in hindsight, what you're watching was ridiculous), and scenes of flippant humour that help the audience bond to the characters. This is such a great popcorn horror movie. I have nothing bad to say about it. When the writers give him cheese, Renny Harlin makes an omelette.
August 17, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

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28/08/2010 (TELEVISION)A great "Twistie Flick" that lives up to it's title, I was actually loosing my mind during my experience. Funny, I have a collection of DVDs I haven't seen and yet I choose to watch TV... What is that?Anyway, this movie was able to extract the consistency of my interest and keep me there till the end. I must admit, for someone like me to keep guessing is unusual. I usually know who the culprit is before the film ends, but this time I was going back and fourth.This is another one I have never heard of but enjoyed and it was more than a decent watch in my opinion. I have never seen some of these actors and actresses before but they did deliver the goods and the final product was indeed a worthy check.
December 25, 2010
EightThirty

Super Reviewer

Kilmer back on some form here as an FBI trainer taking his new recruits to an abandoned island for some serial killer catcher training....oh you just know its gonna go tits up right lol!!
Clearly a flick of hopes as the cast is pretty good, Christian Slater, Kilmer, Clifton Collins Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and LL Cool J are all onboard for this slasher. Think 'Scream' or any kind of horror film in that kind of vain and you have this reasonable killer chiller, there is plenty of dark rooms, jumpy moments, silent corridors and nice death sequences in the form of little traps which do remind you alittle of 'Final Destination' and are quite well done too.
There is plenty of claret on display and some gruesome kills which look good and keep you engaged right to the end, alittle predictable in the outcome but still quite enjoyable but the finale is slightly flat. At the end of the day this is simply a group of people stuck in a building getting killed off one at a time, hardly genius is it....but its silly fun which is worth alook if your a fan of the stalk n slash genre.
November 18, 2010
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Recently added to my collection. Proper review to follow. If you liked Suspect Zero youll like this movie.
September 20, 2009
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Ginny  X

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