Spartan Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
He'll always be writer first, but for a relentless entertainment with actual with wit and soul, Spartan may just be the best thing David Mamet has done, certainly the best he has directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 26, 2007
This political thriller is very much by its own definition, the tightly woven, creatively disciplined offspring of that old warrior spirit that is Mamet.
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
A tight and engrossing mystery thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 26, 2005
A clinic for how this genre should be done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Barely memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 6, 2005
Although the story deteriorates in the last act, most of the movie is of high quality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... should become a staple of film writing courses for years to come. There's not an ounce of fat in this script.
| Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
To call it ludicrous would be to give it far too much credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
September 4, 2004
It moves at a steady clip, boasting a smart narrative, a few surprising twists, and some respectable action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 21, 2004
Como de hábito, os diálogos concebidos por Mamet são fascinantes. Infelizmente, a trama é óbvia e não faz jus ao interessante personagem de Val Kilmer.
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2004
...the action here is tense and suspenseful from beginning to end, with very little filler and very few distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
If Bill Macy shoots blanks, you've got a dud.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
The real violence, as is always the case with Mamet, lies not in the mayhem but in the thrusting rhythms of the dialogue.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 7, 2004
Though the plot may be more or less generic, this is different from the average Hollywood thriller, thanks to a combination of Mamet's script and direction and Kilmer's confident performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2004
Famed for his way with words, it's as if Mamet has tried to outdo himself here, but without the trademark humour that might've lifted this otherwise constipated Tom Clancy knock-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 8, 2004
The main problem is that the narrative is evasive...; we can't trust Mamet as a storyteller!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 24, 2004
In "Spartan," Mamet uses a typical action plot to tackle one of the biggest con artists of all: the president of the United States.
| Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 16, 2004
Too preposterous to mean much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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