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Sneakers (1992)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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In this tech-thriller from director Phil Alden Robinson, a group of five renegade computer hackers, led by Martin Bishop (Robert Redford), are hired by the government to steal a black box, containing a code-breaking machine, from the mathematician who invented the device. The government is able to persuade Martin to take the job by convincing him that they will drop a decades-old federal warrant for his involvement in computer fraud. Martin agrees and he takes his team on the mission, eventually

Mar 31, 1998

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (9) | DVD (12)

Makes up for its gaps in logic with its breezy tone and its technological razzledazzle.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Right up to an ending designed to crack the sternest critical poker face, this is gourmet popcorn of the highest order.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The performances are generally quite bad.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Discounting his god-awful American accent, Kingsley is in fine venomous form.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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It's a Twinkie for techies, an enormously entertaining time-waster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's a sometimes entertaining movie, but thin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A smart, smooth technological thriller.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Geriatric hi-tech action-packed spoof caper film that starts out semi-believable and ends on an unbelievable low point.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's all passably entertaining, but there's precious little that will stay with you...

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Pretty neat.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Fun caper flick with great Redford and Poitier rapport.

June 25, 2005

A marvellous caper-movie throwback.

April 19, 2005
Daily Telegraph

Great caper comedy that deftly balances high-tech gadgets and character humor.

January 9, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Great, fun caper flick with an amazing ensemble cast.

October 10, 2003

Marvelous characters in messy script.

October 8, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Excellent techno-thriller. Cool gadgets and a great gang of misfit spies.

August 13, 2003

Fun, forgettable caper comedy

June 12, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

High-Tech, High-Class Entertainment...the cast of casts

April 27, 2003

Top notch spy thriller

February 11, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Every actor here is top-notch, and the sense of fun and give-and-take is palpably enjoyable.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Enjoyable comedy thriller. Short on believability, but long on entertainment

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Techno-thriller that reveals some of the morally questionable uses of computer power in the Information Age.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Sneakers

Sneakers is yet another film that has been on my watch list since it's release over 20 years ago. Being about computer hacking, it was obviously going to be a little outdated but after watching it, I wonder if it was ever current? There are times when it could have been an Austin Powers film. Ben Kingsley's evil genius, who is an old friend of the leading good guy who was presumed dead, leads an evil corporation that uses a Toy Manufacturing co as a front is the stuff of spoof films and bad cartoons. Throw in the possibilities of Russian involvement, a possible new cold-war and 'Ultimate code-breaker' computer nonsense and it gets a little tiresome. The cast is impressive but no one really impresses. It's cliche after cliche as far as the characters go, fat computer whiz, good at computers and into conspiracy theories, ex-CIA guy, doesn't laugh, owns a gun and worst of all, Blind guy who is so blind, he can even hear things that make no noise. River Phoenix is purely there because he was popular at that time, he barely has any lines let alone anything to actually do in the film. It's of low quality, surely some people would have seen that at the time? I don't understand the love people have for it.
November 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

It is extraordinarily corny, and the screenwriting is quite mediocre, yet the film does engage with an interesting, complex plot and thrilling sequences.
October 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Behind the unlikely story of the possibilities of a codebreaking device that works sorta like a universal remote is simply a charisma piece that exists so we can pal around with the stars for a moment. A nice evening with friends.
August 20, 2011

Super Reviewer

A team of hackers must steal a mysterious black box.
At the time, before the Internet became as ubiquitous as it is, this must have seemed cutting edge and revolutionary. Today, it doesn't play as well and must rely on the strength of its cast, which, on first glance, promises to be quite good. But midway through the film, I got the feeling that these were just actors having fun being actors. What results is a fairly basic thriller/comedy, and while it's entertaining, in the words of one critic, "There's precious little that will stay with you."
Overall, Sneakers is a decent way to waste two hours, but don't go looking for anything more than light-hearted entertainment.
July 19, 2011
Jim Hunter

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    1. Martin Bishop: Too many secrets.
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