On Deadly Ground Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 5, 2014
The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 5, 2014
On Deadly Ground is a pip. Beautifully photographed by Ric Waite and handsomely produced, it surely is the most ambitious and the best Seagal movie to date.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2014
Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers... could have found less preachy ways to express themselves, On Deadly Ground is otherwise lively entertainment for action fans.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2014
What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 5, 2014
Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
September 5, 2014
They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
September 5, 2014
Seagal the director shows that he has picked up the odd trick or two from the action specialists who made his name, but his impassioned green speeches will have viewers reaching for the remote control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
''I didn't want to resort to violence. I didn't have a choice,'' [Seagal] says; a greater man might have said, ''Make my day.''
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Leonard Klady
Variety
February 25, 2009
This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 25, 2009
As a performer, Seagal is singularly lacking in grace and charisma. As a director, he more than lives up to his ham-fisted acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 14, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2004
A vanity project in the strongest sense of the term, this film has it all: bad acting, bad writing, bad direction, bad action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 4, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 19, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
You can't preach about preserving the environment and make movies full of sludge.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 27, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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