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The Shadow Conspiracy Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2009
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 28, 2009
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Daniel M. Kimmel
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 29, 2005
Christopher Null

The story's driven completely by coincidence and baffling lunacy, and you'll be driven... to press eject on your VCR.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 5, 2004
Dragan Antulov


Full Review | Original Score: 2/10

May 11, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The film is so contemptuous of its audience it doesn't even bother to present a surface resemblance to reality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 20, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The whole thing is so vague and preposterous and paranoid that it almost goes without saying that Donald Sutherland plays a key role.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 1/4

October 15, 2002
Karen Achenbach
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 22, 2002
Rob Blackwelder

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.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

A truly pathetic thriller.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Some political junkies have an inordinate yen for movies that hop-skip around familiar Washington, D.C., locales and inside the bowels of a sinister White House. Members of this club may get some ephemeral amusement out of Shadow Conspiracy.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

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?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
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