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Rendition (2007)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 81

The impressive cast cannot rescue Rendition, which explores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 26

The impressive cast cannot rescue Rendition, which explores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.



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The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale of a Middle East CIA operative who begins to have doubts about his latest assignment after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police. When Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) mysteriously vanishes on a routine flight from South Africa to Washington, his wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), embarks on a frantic international search for


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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Feb 22, 2008


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All Critics (156) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (81) | DVD (11)

I don't fault Rendition for its liberal politics. I fault it for hammering home those politics in such pounding, slanted fashion.

October 22, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization -- they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source:
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That it's embarrassingly plausible, that it depicts things that have happened and that are probably still happening, is enough to make Americans sick to their stomach.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What finally gives Rendition its headlong narrative momentum is the sense that we're rarely certain what argument the filmmakers are endorsing.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's one thing for a thriller to be timely, quite another for it to function as Rendition does, a gripping piece of entertainment with a clear head on its shoulders.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Rendition, while engrossing, does not grab us as it should.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Designed to make us feel like we've just witnessed a powerful experience. The reality of the film is that it's nothing but a shallow and underdeveloped position paper.

June 10, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

The sort of schematic slog that stirs more discussion about the cluelessness of the filmmakers than anything else

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Rendition features decent performances by all its actors, although few are given any chance to shine.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source:

Rather then telling a story with characters growing and exploring the politics of the world around them, they simply take up the roles of well-dictated automatons.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The film unfolds brilliantly and methodically, as director Gavid Hood's vivid characters are unwittingly drawn together.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

But Rendition, in the end, is a Lifetime movie with pretensions toward being a political thriller. (They could even call it YOU HAVE MY HUSBAND! since Witherspoon shrieks that at Streep in a ludicrous scene.)

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

The film exists in a gray zone that acknowledges the existence and relevance of both sides.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

Jake Gyllenhaal gets better with each role and here he is impressive as the novice CIA analyst forced to confront his own conscience

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[A] spotty, but ultimately effective thriller.

January 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Un thriller político bastante crítico hacia los métodos anti terroristas de Estados Unidos y sus aliados, en la misma línea de Syriana, Munich y Leones por Corderos (aunque mucho más efectiva que esta última).

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Apresenta-se simultaneamente como um bom filme e, lamentavelmente, também como uma oportunidade desperdiçada.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Rendition's heart is in the right place, but feels like a desperate single attempt to get it all out at once out of fear of losing another chance. I am glad I saw it, but I don't ever need to see it again.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

The film doesn't know or care who Anwar El-Ibrahimi is outside of how his plight affects the white folks connected with him.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Rendition gives its take on this practice with enough complexity to keep us engaged - and on the fence about how far our nation should go ...

November 21, 2007 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

"Rendition" is well-acted and well-written with a surprising twist that I didn't see coming. It's difficult to single out one performance - making it high on my list for an ensemble award. Powerful renditions by all involved.

November 19, 2007

While Reese won't take no for an answer from the suits in DC and fights for her man, Meryl Streep's ambitious and wicked CIA boss fights for her career, but this time around the devil wears pistols.

November 11, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Hood's greatest concern is the line between moral courage and cowardice.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

And what the heck does this title mean, anyway? Competing with "Things We Lost in the Fire" for its fuzzy appellation, "Rendition" refers to the U.S. policy of "extraordinary rendition" that allows the government to arrest and keep imprisoned anyone suspe

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The thought that my life might be turned upside down merely by someone calling me is very frightening indeed.

October 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Rendition is an important film. Art, by definition, is supposed to provoke, to spur emotions, to enlighten. On those counts, this movie scores a bull's-eye.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Audience Reviews for Rendition

Well acted and asks some questions more people should be seeking answers to.
September 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

I had heard mixed things about Rendition. When I finally gave it a shot, I didn't understand why people where a bit negative towards the film. The film is a well crafted thriller and is one of the better genre films to come out in quite some time. The cast here are well assembled and they each deliver good performances. The story of the film is very engaging, thrilling and intricate. Rendition is a solid film and works as political thriller. The story, I felt was very strong and well developed. I very much enjoy these types of films that blend espionage, action and thrills into one film. Rendition is a solid thriller that delivers edge of you seat entertainment, and the cast make this film much better than it is. Especially with lead actresses such as Meryl Strep and Reese Witherspoon. Rendition's plot is engaging, and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. This is a brilliant film that was well conceived. Director Gavin Hood crafts a solid film and Rendition is better than what most people may think. This is a well made film with good performances and a great plot. If you're looking for a good thriller, Rendition is that film. The film is worth watching, and has enough thrills to keep you engaged. Rendition is a good film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. This is a good film that will appeal to viewers looking for a solid thriller.
October 31, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Interestingly 'unHollywood' for a 'Hollywood' film and certainly do not judge this as a typical Reece Witherspoon film, it's anything but!

Opinions will vary on Intelligence methods, either way it's a voyeuristic view of something that the average person would never witness.

Fears for the innocent arise, fears for extremists slipping through the net arise.

Enjoyable, gritty and a situation no one would like to find themselves in.
August 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

Rendition is not particularly clever and not particularly thrilling. Only the naive will feel like they've learnt something here and the 'Time-line Twist' isn't really much of a payoff considering how long and dull it all is. The performances are good, although Reese Witherspoon hardly deserved top billing. Instantly forgettable and unfortunately terribly boring, certainly not as clever as it thinks it is either.
April 1, 2011

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    1. Isabella El-Ibrahimi: You have my husband, just tell me he is okay.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
    1. Douglas Freeman: No one has told me why I'm here or what I've done, this is crazy.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
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