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Lord of War Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
A carefully choreographed devil's dance in which Nicolas Cage finds fleet-footed rejuvenation as a man aware evil can't exist without good, but that evil often wins. This uniquely unsympathetic, world-weary film earns the right to fling that truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ceri Thomas
September 19, 2008
A fine, grown-up movie, half thriller, half black comedy.
Rob Gonsalves
March 11, 2008
The movie ultimately crushes itself in a vise of self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Niccol is no stranger to hot-button issues, but he outdoes his previous efforts by injecting this satire of war profiteering in the Halliburton age with a wicked arsenic wit.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
I'm beginning to get discouraged about Andrew Niccol.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
Satire is rarely so hard-hitting, or high calibre.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 26, 2007
This film fails so miserably don't be surprised to find yourself often rooting against the supposed good guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007
That the CIA engages in these activities with all sorts of Orlovs no doubt slithering around in the mix somewhere, is a far more intriguing huge chunk of vital information that sadly never made it to the screen.
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Stephanie Zacharek
October 7, 2006
Even though Niccol sometimes puts unnecessary homilies in the mouths of his characters, he mostly pulls off the tricky feat of being direct and breezy at the same time. "Lord of War" skims along like a dance routine.
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
Lord of War has a surreal edge, despite being enmeshed in world events, with absurdity and dark humor laced throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
September 13, 2006
Una película frívola y superficial sobre un tema serio e importante como el tráfico de armas. Entretiene, pero como denuncia cínica se queda corta.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie's too flippant for good drama and not funny enough for satire, but the morbidly fascinating subject and Cage's reptilian performance hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Impressive performances, fascinating info-bytes and pertinent editorial, but in the end, it feels too much like an illustrated lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 17, 2006
The film's approach to violence is unflinching: this is what poor people are doing to each other with the guns the West sells them, it screams -- but there's no suggestion it might be stopped, or slowed.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 12, 2006
The film is totally engaging, even though not always on an emotional level; there are so many issues striding through the screenplay it's hard to relate too closely to Yuri, although there are moments.
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
February 8, 2006
Unlike most Hollywood movies being made today, Lord of War actually has something to say even though it goes about saying it clumsily . . .
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 28, 2006
Niccol seems to have bitten off more than he can chew here, substituting feverishness for character development...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 27, 2006
The high point is Niccol's script, which turns weighty subject matter into dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 23, 2005
This film entertained me throughout, but it also provided me with a truly insightful look at the amoral world of trading man-killers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 20, 2005
O anti-herói complexo oferece ao brilhante roteiro a oportunidade de analisar, de forma inventiva e fascinante, o mercado negro (abastecido por grandes governos) das armas de fogo.
| Original Score: 5/5
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