Deterrence Reviews

February 22, 2001
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
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
I got caught up in the global chess game, in the bluffing and the dares, the dangerous strategy of using nuclear blackmail against a fanatic who might call the bluff.
January 1, 2000
One of the pleasures of Deterrence is that it does not tell the audience what to think.
January 1, 2000
The material exhibits too many flaws to be regarded as anything more substantial than an interesting failure.
January 1, 2000
Deterrence does serve up some wonderfully chewy pulp during its generally engaging 101 minutes, along with a certain vagueness of point-of-view.
January 1, 2000
A very effective updating of the underrated Cold War thriller Fail-Safe.