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The Negotiator Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 27, 2011
It's not perfect, but it's enjoyable enough to be one of those movies I might stop channel surfing to watch on late-night television.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 17, 2010
This highly incredible story lives and dies on its leading performances, so it's a damn good thing someone hired Jackson and Spacey to go toe to toe. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 10, 2009
...may lack a certain degree of common sense but makes up for it with plenty of excitement and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
April 2, 2009
What makes this talk-heavy actioner work is the intriguing battle of wits between two formidable, intelligent opponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
August 25, 2008
A boring script filmed by a fine director and great actors is still a boring script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Emanuel Levy
September 11, 2006
Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A hybrid action-drama featuring the choreographed pyrotechnics of director Gray and a battle of words between contrasting hostage negotiators Jackson and Spacey.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Jackson and Spacey, et al, demonstrate that even the most pedestrian script can be elevated by good acting.
| Original Score: B-
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
I'm glad Warner Bros. has gone back to making movies instead of theme park rides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
September 9, 2002
Though it adds nothing new to the genre, The Negotiator is a showcase for its actors and, as such, is a rare breed these days.
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
An entertaining, if familiar, action/thriller.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Mais um bom filme de ação - e só.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This implausible, turgid, suspenseless storyline resists both fine acting and Gray's overwrought MTV chops.
Alex Ramirez
September 3, 2001
Todos los que salimos de la función teníamos la misma idea al respecto: jamás creímos que fuera tan buena.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
"The Negotiator" slogs on for two hours and 20 minutes, and there's hardly a real laugh or a genuine thrill in it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's a thriller that really hums along, and I was intensely involved almost all the way. Only now, typing up my notes, do I fully realize how many formula elements it contains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A slickly done and predictable summer escapist film, based on an actual hostage situation in St. Louis.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I worship at the feet of Kevin Spacey, god of acting, now more than ever after sitting through The Negotiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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