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The Shadow Conspiracy

The Shadow Conspiracy (1997)

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Critic Reviews: 11
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Presidential advisor Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is hunted by an unknown assailant in this political thriller. With the help of Chief-of-Staff Jake Conrad (Donald Sutherland) and the newspaper journalist Amanda (Linda Hamilton), he uncovers an assassination plot to kill the President and his most trusted advisors. Bobby battles forces in the government he has sworn to uphold, as his every move is monitored by high-tech surveillance cameras. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Aug 12, 1997

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Bland, interminable chase scenes take up so much of the story -- the hackneyed plot doesn't need much exposition -- that the sheer repetitiveness begins to amaze you.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Sadly, Sheen doesn't even look profound. Like a zombie who's spent too much time in the gym, he blunders heavily from one stunt to the next, his pursed lips conveying nothing more than pique.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The climactic assassination attempt... is so ridiculous there's only one real danger: that the president (and the audience) will laugh to death.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film is so contemptuous of its audience it doesn't even bother to present a surface resemblance to reality.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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When Charlie Sheen and Donald Sutherland appear in any movie, you should be wary. Their contracts seem to demand nothing but corny formula.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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There isn't a brain in its empty little head, or in its assembly-line story, which is about how Charlie Sheen pauses occasionally between ludicrous action scenes, some of them ripped off from better films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Corpses pile up, dreadful secrets are uncovered, and Bishop eventually gets to the bottom of things, a full hour after the least attentive viewer will have figured out who's behind it all.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The story's driven completely by coincidence and baffling lunacy, and you'll be driven... to press eject on your VCR.

June 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Ridiculous.

May 11, 2004 Full Review
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The whole thing is so vague and preposterous and paranoid that it almost goes without saying that Donald Sutherland plays a key role.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Sheen is a handsome and resourceful actor, but not enough so to win in this conspiracy of shadows over substance.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The rest of the film is Sheen, playing a George Stephanopoulos-styled presidential adviser, being chased around Washington D.C. by an assassin who is a terrible shot and has no speaking lines.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Is it just me or is Charlie Sheen the kiss of death for anything other than Hot Shots?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

This is the sort of film in which informants are shot in the head from across the street just as they are about to reveal the name of the traitor behind the scheme.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A truly pathetic thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

If you can't figure out all of the bad guys within the first ten minutes of the film, then you have not been getting your daily adult requirement of mysteries.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The audience is guaranteed to laugh at all the wrong moments.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The betrayal, the chase scene, the narrow escape...all the ingredients are there, but they sit there flatly without the benefit of a single moment of imagination.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Donald Sutherland plays Sheen's enigmatic mentor at the White House. Do you think he could have something to with the conspiracy? Sutherland as a bad guy? You think?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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