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May 16, 2018
This is a deep, intricate movie that requires an intelligent viewer to appreciate. Many of the outrageous behavior of the CIA is from actual historical events. Acting is superb. A bit leftist leaning ideologically, but not in a preachy way so still a good film. Highly recommended if you can handle complex plot and theme and enjoy historically accurate espionage fiction..
April 22, 2018
This is not a fun watch. In fact, I wouldn't necessarily say there's anything fun about this movie at all. The subject matter. The events depicted. The performances. The pacing. The length. Everything at hand here would make for an otherwise dismal watch -- something I'd call much of the first two-thirds of my viewing of director Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd." However, when you let this movie truly play out and reveal itself to you, you start to understand where he and writer Eric Roth are going with all of this. It's a pretty brutal corridor that they take you down, but it ultimately ended up being a satisfying direction to tread towards nonetheless. Again, it's flawed and overlong, with some pretty flat character work. But the plotting here is where the real magic lies.
July 7, 2017
A long but definitely not boring movie. Great story !
½ June 28, 2017
This is a classic movie which is too long but also mixes some great story telling with some worthless pieces. Very mediocre.
March 27, 2017
I found it informative but tedious.
March 13, 2017
Ambitious in it's scope - this movie does lack finesse to make it a great one. It becomes a study of one person rather than the evolution of CIA - and Matt Damon as the central figure does a wonderful job in delivering a measured performance as a stilted, awkward, introvert character. Though it is not a great movie - certainly a good one.
February 5, 2017
I don't understand why this movie isn't rated higher.I can't fault it.
January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
December 3, 2016
Classic. On Blu-ray.
September 9, 2016
This ambitious look at the creation of the CIA has a blockbuster cast, but falls short of the promised "thriller." Instead it is an over-long, convoluted mystery that leaves far too many questions to make the spy moves and counter-moves intelligible. With so many leaps back and forth in time in the narrative, it would have helped if the characters showed more visual signs of aging, and not all of the actors were believable when portraying their youngest incarnations.
July 8, 2016
The Good Shepard (2006) C-167m. ?? D: Robert De Niro. Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin. Long, boring drama (from a screenplay by Eric Roth) unsuccessfully (and very torpidly) tackles story behind corrupted Central Intelligence Agency, and illustrates man who witnessed it all. What a cast! What a smart story! What a disaster! A real letdown from De Niro who scored big with THE BRONX TALE, this time his story is muddled, confusing, and tedious. Many familiar faces run throughout, who serve mostly as a distraction, since viewer has absolutely no idea what the hell is actually going on. And it drags on forever! Good job on the cinematography, though.
June 18, 2016
This movie is twice as good as 9/10 of the movies rated higher on this site.
March 31, 2016
Reviewers notwithstanding, this spy drama keeps your interest from beginning to end. Also, the elite origins of the OSS and the CIA. Our biggest blunders were made by Ivy League men with great credentials
February 23, 2016
Really good spy movie
January 28, 2016
What a boring film however it's an all star cast.
January 4, 2016
Could have been great.
December 28, 2015
Dawdling complication.
November 11, 2015
It was a good film, the actor lift his country to United Kingdom only with one motive protect his country.
September 23, 2015
This movie is Robert De Niro's second turn at directing. It's got an interesting plot: basically the beginnings of the CIA and how one man is life affected by it. It's got a good cast. De Niro has captured each time and place in the movie in a good way but at 3 hours it's a bit too long and too slow. The main character is very stoic which makes it go even slower and the ending is not eventful. However if you like long espionage type films you might want to give this a try.
September 13, 2015
A slight over reach but well acted and intense.
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