Deterrence Reviews

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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 20, 2003
February 14, 2001
Only in Hollywood is ineptitude and crassness rewarded so richly.
January 1, 2000
Ironically the entertainment arc of this film follows that of a launched missile.
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
The film begins and ends with footage of FDR intoning "I hate war," something the film takes two interminable hours to say.
January 1, 2000
The talk grows tired while the tension, alas, barely grows at all. And the ending is a cheat, pure and simple.
January 1, 2000
A nostalgic throwback to the all-male talkathons of the 1950s and '60s.
January 1, 2000
Weighed down by an earnest but dated liberalism that makes Deterrence come across like a TV movie-of-the-week.
January 1, 2000
You just want to slap some sense back into yourself.
January 1, 2000
Hardly the refried Cold War piece it longs to be.
January 1, 2000
The material exhibits too many flaws to be regarded as anything more substantial than an interesting failure.
January 1, 2000
You'll wish this clunker was at ground zero.
January 1, 2000
Hopefully the only people who will be deterred by this film are those considering plunking down good money to see it.
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