The Siege Reviews

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February 16, 2019
Unfortunately, the movie's ignorant portrayals of other cultures while espousing a message of brotherhood comes across as not a little hypocritical.
May 29, 2016
...a solid concept in search of a consistent (and engaging) execution.
December 6, 2005
May 26, 2004
May 20, 2003
December 8, 2002
If you like political thrillers with lots of explosions, domestic terrorism, and vein-popping army Generals, this movie's for you.
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.
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.
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.
June 14, 2001
It was like eating celery - crunchy and loud and tasty - then zero caloric content after all that trouble chewing it.
May 11, 2001
It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats.
February 27, 2001
The Siege is a good idea that is never quite executed as it should be.
January 1, 2000
The Siege is constantly heavy-handed, not entertaining or insightful, and just goes to prove that not even the best actors can save a film that lacks a satisfactory screenplay.
January 1, 2000
[Benning] is the only fresh, compelling character in the film.
January 1, 2000
In all, quite a disappointment.
January 1, 2000
The Siege is clumsily put together. Zwick is careless about plot details, so the movie is often needlessly confusing.
January 1, 2000
The Siege obviously is an ambitious thriller that has some valid issues on its mind. Unfortunately, the movie never really does much more than just raise the right questions.
January 1, 2000
At some point, the movie itself crosses the line, from a modestly thoughtful attempt to extrapolate a drama from real and urgent events to a generic action piece with predictable good and bad guys and pat, civics-book morals.
January 1, 2000
A flawed melodrama that gives itself a self-important weight it cannot sustain throughout.
January 1, 2000
I suggest you catch it on a cheapie night in the theatres, or more sensibly, wait for it on video and enjoy it during those long winter months.
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