Deterrence Reviews

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December 22, 2010
A president wrestles with another Iraq war.
July 16, 2005
Lurie quickly glazes over one important bit of backstory in the early going, a point that is crucial to understand some motivation.
June 30, 2005
March 26, 2004
Taut and intense. Pollak is outstanding.
March 20, 2003
March 20, 2003
To it's credit, the film doesn't pull many punches . . .It really gets the message across that when you threaten someone with nukes, you'd better be ready to pull the trigger.
October 24, 2001
With a strong cast and smart script, Lurie conjures up an engaging scenario with little more than chicken wire and string.
June 19, 2001
June 15, 2001
he exciting thing about Deterrence is that *we* are the big scary bad guy who is acting irrationally - and yet the conclusion explains everything.
February 22, 2001
February 14, 2001
Only in Hollywood is ineptitude and crassness rewarded so richly.
January 1, 2000
In order to get into this film, one must suspend a truckload of disbelief.
January 1, 2000
Having Deterrence unfold on a single set only adds to the film's artificiality.
January 1, 2000
It may be a little too dour, a little too self-inflated.
January 1, 2000
Clearly, Lurie is no better a writer than he is a director.
January 1, 2000
Collapses under weight of its own absurdity.
January 1, 2000
All in all, the picture is a travesty in every regard.
January 1, 2000
The plot twists fall about as weightily as the fake snow.
January 1, 2000
Deterrence has many bonuses, and the best is its attention to human emotion.
January 1, 2000
The film begins and ends with footage of FDR intoning "I hate war," something the film takes two interminable hours to say.
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