Rules of Engagement - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rules of Engagement Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 8, 2015
The drama effectively combines combat and potboiler courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
April 1, 2015
Tense but shallow military drama heavy on violence, language
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 19, 2013
Something is missing
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 4, 2010
If the makers hadn't stuck so closely to the rules, this film would have been far more engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2003
Not exactly a triumphant return to form for maverick director William Friedkin, but it's not bad, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
Pitch.com
November 13, 2002
Whereas a TV version of the same material might flounder, this slick, big-budget film works because there is legitimate doubt as to both the level of guilt of the accused and the outcome of the trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A thriller set in Yemen that turns into an ethical examination of the use of force by the military.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
It has the gumption to open a huge ethical can of worms without the first idea what to do with them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Playboy Online
April 9, 2001
Hey, dazzle us with a movie, don't shove it down our throats.
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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
A silly courtroom thriller that comes dangerously close to remaking [Joel] Schumacher's A Time to Kill.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
Rules of Engagement ends with one of those tacked-on postscripts that only underlines the weakness of the storyline.
Randall King
Winnipeg Sun
January 1, 2000
A disservice to those soldiers it would celebrate.
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
This movie is a blunt object -- blunt, but not particularly effective.
Barry Johnson
Oregonian
January 1, 2000
Jones and Jackson are way too good for this material.
Top Critic
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
What distinguishes Rules is its use of xenophobia to bolster its legal arguments, and presumably tap audience's deep-seated prejudices.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A broad and obvious approach to ambiguous material that's virtually all plot mechanics with little nuance or characterization.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Will engross you while you're there but will fall apart in your mind as you begin to think about it later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
A dud that tries to hide a simplistic plot and muddled message with frenzied flag-waving and overheated performances.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Cruelly drab.
Shay Casey
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Rules of Engagement isn't a bad film, but it's one that is often too dramatically and intellectually inert to warrant a full recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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