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The Siege Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 29, 2016
...a solid concept in search of a consistent (and engaging) execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
June 21, 2007
More political than entertaining, The Siege is a reflection of our heightened awareness and sensitivity to terrorism and the price of freedom.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 6, 2003
Zwick (Courage Under Fire) has fashioned another ethical tour de force that reveals his dedication to serious filmmaking.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
If you like political thrillers with lots of explosions, domestic terrorism, and vein-popping army Generals, this movie's for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
October 9, 2002
A gripping build up gives way to an incredibly dumb finish.
| Original Score: 3/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A flawed but not uninteresting political thriller that struggles with middling success to satisfy the dual aims of being both commercially entertaining and socially significant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Hollings
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
The Siege attempts to update the bluffs and counterfeints of the Cold War spy thriller, not to advance any ideological point but to obscure the fact that it doesn't have one.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The Siege raises a lot of important questions about racism, free speech, and the power of government. It doesn't deal with them particularly effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 14, 2001
It was like eating celery - crunchy and loud and tasty - then zero caloric content after all that trouble chewing it.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The Siege is a good idea that is never quite executed as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Even at its most unbelievable, The Siege has the performances of Washington and Bening to fall back on, and a theme that understands that what's difficult is not choosing right from wrong but 'choosing the wrong that's more right.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
While the ending was pure Hollywood, and there was too much cute spy stuff, most of the film was suspenseful, engaging and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Washington and Ms. Bening play smart, interesting characters who never quite connect, while Willis turns himself into the loosest military cannon this side of Dr. Strangelove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Siege is many things at once: tense, exciting, disturbing, and thought provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Just about distinguishable from several dozen predecessors in the same apocalyptic vein.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The Siege is clumsily put together. Zwick is careless about plot details, so the movie is often needlessly confusing.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The prejudicial attitudes embodied in the film are insidious, like the anti-Semitism that infected fiction and journalism in the 1930s--not just in Germany, but in Britain and America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There's a lot of high drama, and Zwick pushes the Big Moments a little too hard -- but solid performances and plenty of shattering explosions conspire to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
There are so many genuine shocks, surprises and moments of gut-wrenching tension in this thriller of a film, its few flaws deserved to be overlooked.
| Original Score: 4/5
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