The Art of War


The Art of War

Critics Consensus

Excessively noisy and overly reliant on genre clichés, The Art of War wastes its star's charisma on a ridiculous, convoluted plot and poorly edited action sequences.



Total Count: 80


Audience Score

User Ratings: 26,599
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Ruthless terrorists are threatening to bring down the United Nations. They frame the one man they believe can stop them - an international security expert named Shaw. Now he must run from his own allies and become a solitary force for good, as he tries to stop what could become World War III.

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Critic Reviews for The Art of War

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (27)

  • In this pretentiously titled international thriller, which is sloppily directed, Wesley Snipes plays an American agent who gets involved in the emerging relations between China and the Western world, with a shaky U.N. placed right in the middle.

    Feb 12, 2007 | Rating: C-

    Emanuel Levy

    Top Critic
  • The movie is competently made, but it deals with characters and situations so well-worn, there is no conceivable way to breathe any fresh life into them.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • The Art of War seems to be processed through some demented kaleidoscope, suggesting a film that might exist while the one that does is giving you a headache.

    Jan 1, 2000

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • Two hours' worth of painful stupidity, overt racism, and mind-battering noise and movement.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Overly plotted and too coincidence-ridden for a story that's basically about nothing, this is a film that almost is not there.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Somebody get this director Christian Duguay an A-budget so he'll shut up and go away.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Art of War

  • Jul 27, 2011
    it has its moments of fun action but the story is a mess. by the end you'll wish you had chosen something better then this
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    Wesley Snipes has never been better, one of his best roles in one of his best action films. A stylish, nail-biting, pulse-pounding twist-a minute action-packed thriller. A sensational and adreniline-pumping action-thrill-ride that kick starts the senses and kicks all sorts of ass. It's sharp, very smart and very entertaining.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    I've seen Wesley Snipes in such good form as he appears in this action-thriller movie since <i>Blade</i>.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2006
    This is a solid action movie starring Wesley Snipes. Snipes works for the United Nations. But when a Chinese ambassador is assassinated; Snipes character gets the blame for it. Now he must prove his innocence and catch the real killer. This is your typical action movie. Full of action sequences and fight scenes. But it works for this movie. Nothing to special but it is entertaining. Worth a watch if your a Snipes fan.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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