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Basic Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Director John McTiernan does a swell job with James Vanderbilt's sneaky script in keeping us guessing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 31, 2010
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

October 14, 2003
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Full Review Source: Long Island Press

September 16, 2003

Sunday Times (Australia)

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2003
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

Travolta was finally cool again.

Full Review

April 8, 2003
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

[McTiernan] builds his momentum until by the end, the truth turns on a dime so quickly that it all but leaves a sonic boom in its wake.

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2003
Tom Siebert
Orlando Weekly

A crackling good popcorn movie with perhaps one too many twists in its pretzel of a plot.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2003
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

There is nothing basic about this multi-layered story that has more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 5/5

April 2, 2003
James Hill

a film that has not one, not two but three separate "ah-ha!" moments, which would be excruciating if not for the saving graces of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson's relentless charisma.

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April 1, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Basic] had a great sense of itself and it had a lot of fun taking us from one corner to the next and then spinning us around until we got dizzy and didn't know where we were. I like that.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 31, 2003
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

"Basic" is a good-looking film that has some earnest performances but it gets too wrapped up in all of its twists and turns that, in the end, confuse more than entertain.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 31, 2003
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Travolta's performance keeps things watchable, but you won't be scratching your head so much as shaking it when the game is finally revealed.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B-

March 29, 2003
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Compellingly watchable even when it isn't making any sense.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 29, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Travolta gets good mileage out of playing a swaggering hero with degenerate, bravado tendencies. (Can any other major movie star get away with such low behavior?)

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Travolta is a vital presence that constantly holds our attention, even when the script is threatening to lose it.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With its twists and turns almost spinning out of control, 'Basic' kept me guessing about whodunit until the very last second.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 28, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Like Dame Edna or the color orange, Basic is improbable but fun.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 28, 2003
Kim Morgan

Although mired in the flashback technique and bumbling at times, Basic essentially is a fun movie, surprise ending and all.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 28, 2003
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

I didn't buy a second of it. But I did enjoy how strenuously this picture worked to pull its fast ones.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2003
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The fun lies in allowing yourself to be misled and manipulated, and not trying to impose logic on something that so blatantly disregards it.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2003
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 19, 2004

Guardian [UK]
July 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
June 6, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
March 30, 2003
Wilson Morales

As convoluted the plot is, I found this film to be totally engaging and fun and very thrilling to watch. . Basic is a thrilling mystery that will have you mind boggled until repeat viewings makes your head straight again.

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March 29, 2003

Baltimore Sun
March 28, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 28, 2003
March 25, 2003
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