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Basic Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 30, 2010
Basically bad and sorry attempt at a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2010
Director John McTiernan does a swell job with James Vanderbilt's sneaky script in keeping us guessing.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A poor effort with a confusing story and ridiculous plot twist after plot twist.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2004
McTiernan's bitten off way more than he could chew, spicing up the Usual Suspects approach with a dash of Rashomon and a little of help from A Few Good Men.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
Basic is one of those rare movies without even a single redeeming quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
The problem is that we've been given nothing to make us care for any of these people, so when the mysteries unravel there's nothing in the answers that hit us at a gut level.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 14, 2003
A estrutura narrativa (obviamente inspirada em Rashomon) é interessante, mas a necessidade de criar reviravoltas surpreendentes praticamente destrói o filme, já que, ao final da projeção, nada mais faz sentido.
| Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 16, 2003
Best described as military noir, Basic reunites John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a kind of Pulp Fiction with rain and fatigues, plus a chaser of Rashomon on the side.
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 9, 2003
Samuel L. Jackson's performance is the main reason to watch this ultimately disappointing mystery that thrives on audience deception and mass confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 8, 2003
The final parts of this movie are the kind that you'd swear were slapped on by the studio, until you realise the whole story must have been built around them.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
June 3, 2003
Fumbling the setup, the Die Hard helmer quickly loses his grip on the material, turning Basic into little more than a mechanical exercise in plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
May 18, 2003
I had to take on faith that the plot could, theoretically, be made sense of
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
May 15, 2003
Everyone involved just watched their stock price drop 79%.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
Noisy, dark and headache-inducing, John McTiernan's Basic is one of those brain-twisting legal thrillers that can only be enjoyed by those determined not to worry about things like consistent internal logic
Full Review| Original Score: C
Spence D.
IGN Movies
April 30, 2003
Basic is one of those films that thinks itself clever in its use of confusion, when in reality it's just confusing. Sound confusing? Yeah, thought so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
April 27, 2003
Nope, nothing subtle here. The whole movie isn't subtle. From the perpetual rain, to the high-anxiety shouting that every character seems to have at some point, to the constant reminder that nothing is as it seems, the movie is continuously doubling back
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 24, 2003
It would be one thing if McTiernan were saying something about truth's impenetrable nature -- really he's just jerking viewers into a state of indifference.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
You can fall asleep in the first reel, wake up at the end, and know as much as anyone else.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2003
The meat of the picture -- the contradictory flashback sequences -- are staged so haphazardly that the audience has no incentive to pay close attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Johnson
Hollywood.com
April 17, 2003
With its catchy, one-word title and colorful cast of characters, Basic is just begging for a sequel: Basic 2: Explaining the Unresolved Plot Points of the First Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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