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The Good Shepherd Reviews

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
December 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 3, 2007
His wife doesn't love him, his son's scared by him and he seems to be on better social terms with his enemies than his friends. Then again, we can't quite blame them. We don't like the guy either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 20, 2006
It's almost impossible to buy Wilson as a pioneer who helped shape one of the world's most intricate and devious intelligence agencies, leaving us to wonder how the CIA could ever have gotten off the ground through the labors of such an utter stiff.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 21, 2006
Robert De Niro made up for lost time by making "The Good Shepherd," a film that feels like it takes 13 years to watch.That's an exaggeration. The sprawling, 160-minute epic only feels like it takes seven hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
December 20, 2006
The type of movie that would probably improve with repeat viewings, but God only knows who could sit through this experience twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 21, 2006
It has a fascinating central character and the right actor playing him, with an excellent supporting cast (Michael Gambon? Alec Baldwin? Timothy Hutton? All great.). But it hasn't figured out where to take the story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 27, 2007
Seems thoroughly conflicted about whether it actually buys what it's selling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
A isappointing hybrid that's too bloated, diffuse and tedious to work as a regular length movie -- yet has not enough emotional range or narrative focus to be considered a great epic drama.
Victoria Alexander
December 8, 2006
An epic bore. So slow nothing happens but talk for 3 hours.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 21, 2006
Directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is an origin story about the C.I.A., and for the filmmakers that story boils down to fathers who fail their sons.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 29, 2006
...a dead-in-the-water hulk...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Joshua Tyler
December 22, 2006
Director Robert De Niro's no frills approach to spying is probably a more realistic one, but not always as interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Emerson
December 22, 2006
If you think George Tenet's Central Intelligence Agency was a disaster, wait until you see Robert De Niro's torpid, ineffectual movie about the history of the agency, The Good Shepherd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2006
While [De Niro is] a whiz with actors, he's no Francis Coppola, and his calculated, observant tone grows cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 25, 2007
Damn near drowns itself with its unwaveringly solemn sense of importance
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 23, 2007
A wan, muted film that is never less than interesting, but rarely more than that either.
March 24, 2007
In a mystery worthy of the CIA, The Good Shepherd ends up being both too long and too short.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
February 26, 2007
Never manages to create a gripping strand to hold our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 23, 2007
De Niro deserves credit for the broad, ambitious canvas he's worked on, but his movie is just as mechanical and humourless as his protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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