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The Sentinel (2006)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 90

The Sentinel starts off well enough but quickly wears thin with too many plot holes and conventional action sequences.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 26

The Sentinel starts off well enough but quickly wears thin with too many plot holes and conventional action sequences.



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Pete Garrison, a U.S. Secret Service agent who heads the First Lady's detail, is being framed as traitor in a plot to assassinate the President. Whoever is framing Garrison knows he's vulnerable because he's hiding a monumental secret. Garrison goes on the run, pursued by investigative agent David Breckinridge and Jill Marin, a tough and ambitious young agent. Until recently, Breckinridge was one of Garrison's best friends. Marin requested the work detail with Breckinridge because Garrison,


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

George Nolfi

Aug 29, 2006


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (90) | DVD (27)

A mediocre time-waster

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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[The film] has more holes than Bush's war plan and employs less fluent English.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Nobody's better than Michael Douglass as playing that guy who makes that big mistake, and then spends the rest of the movie trying to atone for it.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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If you're going to make a movie with the same title as a second-rate horror film, it should at least be as entertaining as that second-rate horror film.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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A well-constructed and genuinely tense thriller.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A fairly by-the-numbers route through shootings, framings, diabolical plots and lots of dark-suited Secret Service types talking frantically into their shirt cuffs. (Watch closely, and you'll figure out pretty early who the bad seed is.)

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Michael Douglas goes through the motions of playing an action man in this plodding and pedestrian political suspense thriller.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

An underwhelming political thriller.

February 14, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Douglas possesses an everyman appeal that is used to good effect in this movie to keep the audience securely on his side.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

way too predictible

May 27, 2007

The fast-food of the genre - it "gets the job done" and fills you up, but the hunger for more will undoubtedly return sooner rather than later.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

A notch above most such throwaway thrillers.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

If it weren't for the clout of its two leading men, The Sentinel would be nothing more than a made-for-cable or direct-to-DVD feature.

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Entertaining, certainly, and even the casual moviegoer will have seen worse this year, but this is one of those films you'll forget you've seen within six months.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

It's somewhat predictable and uses many cliche devices, but it keeps the audience guessing at least part of the time.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Um bom thriller que se compromete em sua metade final, quando tenta recriar a dinâmica de O Fugitivo.

September 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The story is as compelling as watching the ink dry on a superfluous UN treaty.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source:

More Shadow Conspiracy than In The Line Of Fire, this suffers from serious quality control issues. If you're looking for superior suspense, buy a 24 box set instead.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Basically, it's a treat for fans of 24 and Desperate Housewives to see Jack Bauer running around with Gabrielle Solis - they make a great double act and should be given their own show immediately.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's a shame that "The Sentinel" wastes its intelligent façade, because with all the unthrilling thrillers that have come and gone from movie screens, this one might have been worth something.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It may be slick and entertaining, but this is also one of the most careless political thrillers ever made.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The screenplay throws elements such as motive and common sense out the window in favor of derivative shootouts and chase sequences.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Pretty much in line with the majority of Hollywood thrillers that work in spite of themselves.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

It looks and sounds great, but it sure could have used a more imaginative script.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

No new ground was broken, but the point of this film was to entertain and it did.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Sentinel

"In its 100 plus years of existence no Secret Service guy has ever been a traitor ... ! " or something like that, and therein the entire plot synopsis (in less than 25 words, baby!!!) and you probably can guess the rest of this, er, "thriller". The cast does its best, I guess, but you might not think so.
April 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

The Sentinel is a good action film that has a decent cast. This film is good entertainment, but it could have been much better. The film certainly is good entertainment, but at times it lingers and it just becomes good. The film starts off great, leaves you on the edge of your seat, but somewhere near the middle part, it just becomes a good film, and its potential is wasted a bit. I think that The Sentinel could have been a great action thriller. However the film is just good, and never becomes anything beyond that. After a while it loses its great qualities and simply becomes a good flick. The script could have been reworked a few times to really make this one stand out. The performances make the film work, but there's something missing to really make this one stand out. Overall The Sentinel is a good film, one that could have been great; but due to script limitations, its true potential is unrealized. Thus The Sentinel becomes another in a series of popcorn action thrillers that could have actually been better than what they turned out to be. If you want a good thriller then this is a must see for a mindless evening of entertainment, just don't expect anything great like I did, or else you'll be disappointed. The Sentinel is good, but like I previously stated could have been a lot better than what it turned out to be. However this is a good flick to watch nonetheless even if it's never anything beyond good.
May 3, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

In 141 years, there's never been a traitor in the Secret Service.... Until Now.

Saw it again! The movie is very good and it's very fun and the action scenes are very well done, this movie reminded me of the TV series 24. The acting was surprisingly good. Nice solid cast. Very recommended.

Pete Garrison is a Secret Service Agent. Another agent wanted to talk to him but could at the time. Later the man is killed. One of Pete's informants tells him that there's a plot to kill the President and whoever is going to do it controls someone in the Secret Service. He believes it is this information that the other agent wanted to talk to Pete about. So an investigation is ordered and another agent, David Breckenridge, Pete's protégé is placed in charged. All agents are subjected to lie detector tests and Garrison fails but not because he's the one, but because he's been having an affair with the First Lady. Later more evidence is unearthed that incriminates Garrison even further which he says was planted. Breckenridge refuses to believe him because of some personal issues they have. So Garrison escapes and tries to find his informant, who's disappeared.
July 27, 2011
Manu Gino

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