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The Good Shepherd Reviews

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Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 23, 2007
A wan, muted film that is never less than interesting, but rarely more than that either.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 23, 2007
A very dark, murky film, resentfully critical of the dysfunctional CIA family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 23, 2007
Damon's shirts are always crisp, but he has the charisma of a perfectly groomed corpse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 23, 2007
Infused with that glow of earnest deliberation characteristic of liberal Hollywood when focusing its well-paid talents on a worthy cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2007
A serious film about a seriously relevant subject that, despite its flaws, fulfils much of its over-reaching ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
February 22, 2007
Polished spy drama is a classy affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 22, 2007
De Niro's second film features terrific performances and several impressive scenes, but he appears to have forgotten to hire an editor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 22, 2007
Well-crafted and well-acted, but ever-so-slightly worthy and strangely unaffecting. Given the track record of the CIA, it probably ought to be angrier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
February 20, 2007
Intelligent, yes, politically astute, stuffed to the gills with A-list acting talent (overstuffed in fact, there are cameos a go-go), but too frozen with a sense of its own seriousness to grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 15, 2007
The film's watchable enough if you're indulgent of its flaws but at 167 minutes it does tax the patience.
Jeff Dawson
Total Film
February 14, 2007
Overlong and a little overstuffed, but De Niro's ambitious tale of the CIA's Cold War genesis is still worthy, smart and relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 10, 2007
The assured complexity of the film is only half successful as a result, including the central emotional throttle of father-son traumas. But it's still an engaging work, crafted with great care and attention to detail.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
De Niro juggles the myriad big-picture parts with reserved professionalism; it's the central character, ironically, that's the movie's Achilles' heel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 13, 2007
A slick and classy production, dripping with talent and expensive production values.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 13, 2007
Any time The Good Shepherd tries to get dramatic, it goes limp from the effort, straining to impress us with the human cost of the Cold War spy game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 10, 2007
The Good Shepherd feels authentic because it keeps everything on a human scale. There's no mythologizing the agency; there's just a solid depiction of how it was shaped by human beings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 5, 2007
It's a risky narrative strategy, and if it's not always riveting, it is apt: defined by his secrets, Edward recedes from his own story.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 3, 2007
Hardly a lightning bolt, and hardly one that deserves 160 deadening minutes of misdirection and repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 3, 2007
At nearly three hours, the reach is so vast the movie never finds its shape.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 3, 2007
No previous American film has ventured into this still largely unknown territory with such authority and emotional detachment. For this reason alone, The Good Shepherd is must-see viewing.
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