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The Deal

The Deal (2005)

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

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Money and power bring major corruption to the world's energy marketplace in this taut political drama. After a long war between the United States and a coalition of Middle Eastern nations leads to a gap in the flow of multinational oil trading, the price of gasoline in America shoots past six dollars a gallon and both the energy industry and the stock market are walking on thin ice. In the midst of this instability, Tom Hansen (Christian Slater), a leading advisor at of one Wall Street's top

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Aug 16, 2005

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There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained.

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Seldom entertaining.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing.

March 26, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

[T]he feeling of concrete, this-ain't-science-fiction reality the film creates is effectively low-key eerie...

June 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Works more effectively as a collegiate dissertation than a fictional dissection of people caught in events beyond their control.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

...astoundingly dull...

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Basically, The Deal looks and sounds a whole lot like a big-budget, feature-length TV commercial for Merrill Lynch.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Most of the action takes place in board meetings, with characters handing each other secret memos or talking on the phone; it's a shockingly non-visual movie.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Would you put a billion-dollar deal in the hands of Christian Slater?

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Though torn from tomorrow's political headlines, the story is too convoluted to be either entertaining or comprehensible.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

This is one hell of a cast and they all do a great job with the piss-poor script.

June 18, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Shot largely in Toronto and cast with the best of the B-list, this film has the low-rent gloss of a made-for-cable thriller.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One and a half cheers for the old college try...[but] The Deal has straight-to-cable written all over it

June 17, 2005
Groucho Reviews

A dialogue-heavy affair that, while overly complicated, turns out to be pretty predictable in the end.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The dialogue is so heavy with exposition that it is like asking the actors to chew rocks.

June 17, 2005
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