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Mindhunters Reviews


Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

Detroit Free Press
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Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2005

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

May 21, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: D+

May 21, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 16, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 13, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As effective as a movie can be and yet still be 100 percent forgettable.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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It didn't take much mental power to come up with the plot.

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

May 13, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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The illogic of the situation is so extreme that the final confrontation plays like an afterthought.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 13, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[Miller's accent] isn't Sir Michael Caine in Hurry Sundown bad -- still the worst Southern accent ever attempted by a future Oscar winner and knight. But it's awful enough to call attention to itself in the middle of a movie smothered in awfulness.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

May 13, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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In a way, the movie title refers not only to the characters, but also the audience. Enduring this harrowingly derivative tale, viewers will wonder where the filmmakers' minds were.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

May 13, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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You'd think these agents' training would kick in, that they'd analyze the situation, deduce who is behind the killings and put a plan in place to stop it. You'd be wrong. They panic like ants after their hill has been stepped on.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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There is something inherently mindless and preposterously silly about the whole exercise.

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

May 13, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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No one with any kind of mind should waste it on this film.

| Original Score: D

May 13, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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On the way to its finale, there's plenty of mayhem to keep you guessing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie can't even have campy fun with the foolishness in Wayne Kramer and Kevin Brodbin's script.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

May 13, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The cinematic equivalent of a corpse left out to rot.

| Original Score: 1/4

May 13, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Mindhunters has the dumbest whodunit thriller plot and the least plausible moves of any film I can think of.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The murderer may not be obvious because the script breaks every law of probability, and 'ridiculous' is too mild a word to apply to the deaths.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

May 13, 2005
Dana Stevens
New York Times
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Mindhunters is a quintessential Renny Harlin film: a big, dumb, loud action movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Corny? Oh, yeah. But it's also reasonably good fun.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 12, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A thudding dud, crammed with clunky dialogue, bad acting and gruesome but unpersuasive gore. Mindhunters will pass muster with only the most undemanding horror fans.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 12, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A contrived, unpleasant and very drawn-out affair.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The mystery, when it is solved, is both arbitrary and explained at great length. The killer gives a speech justifying his actions, which is scant comfort for those already dead.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 12, 2005
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Primarily, the film is an exercise in stupidity. You don't have to be an Einstein for it to insult your intelligence.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

May 12, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie's title, I guess, alludes to the student profilers' ability to put themselves in the mind-set of a murderer. In this witless exercise, however, Mindhunters more accurately suggests that all parties concerned have lost theirs.

| Original Score: 1/4

May 12, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Profilers are supposed to outsmart their foes. But the only brains in evidence are the ones oozing out of head wounds.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

May 12, 2005
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
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A tiring exercise in time-biding sadism (versus wit or suspense), inflated with shock editing, noisy effects and an angry score, like a thriller with road rage.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 12, 2005
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Manages to be expertly ghoulish and exceptionally dumb at the same time. Even your goosebumps will feel a bit stupid before the end.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Mark my words: Mindhunters will do for psycho-thrillers what Showgirls did for stripper movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: .5/4

May 12, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's not hard to see why this movie lingered on Dimension's shelves for long.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2005
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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The revelations bring no more satisfaction than consulting an answer key.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 11, 2005
David Ng
Village Voice
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In an era of wall-to-wall CSI, Mindhunters' ghoulish forensic hubbub not only feels tiring but hopelessly redundant.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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The picture is not without its occasional cheap thrills, which should prove to be more cost-effective in the form of a video store rental.

May 9, 2005
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