Lord of War - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lord of War Reviews

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...absorbing, even as it makes hamfistedly obvious moral points along the way.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
An arresting and disturbing piece of work that gets its message across without coming off as overly preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
November 11, 2005
Once you are trapped into being interested in the characters you may find you are learning more about the business than you really wanted to know and a lot that you hope is untrue. Sadly, there seems to be a uniform real ring of truth.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2005
(Nicolas) Cage might just dip a toe into early Oscar consideration with this outing. He's that good.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
October 15, 2005
Cage is perfectly cast and he's on top form here, subtly combining elements from both his action movie persona and his more quirky, off-kilter performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
October 12, 2005
Niccol squeezes his cartoonish irony for pathos, as if retelling Superman from the dark side but softening it to make us lament, 'Poor Lex Luthor. Poor, lost Lex Luthor'.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
October 12, 2005
It's told in a shaky balance of values and one could leave the theatre wondering if they've been entertained or criminalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andy Jacobs
October 8, 2005
[W]hile the film is powered by a righteous anger, it is also very funny, stylish and daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
October 7, 2005
Here's an interesting dramatic film that's looking for a demographic.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Amir Mokri's thought-filled camerawork and Zach Staenberg's editing are first-rate and keep the overstuffed plot at least in discernible motion, but, truth to tell, Niccol ... has too much on his mind here and not enough film to tell it.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 30, 2005
Few works are as unbearable as a tirade that thinks it's a satire.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 29, 2005
It's one of this year's most ambitious movies, and also one of the angriest.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 26, 2005
If it wasn't for the great acting, a solid script and strong direction, this would be a tiresome movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Lord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
What turns [Niccol] on is remaking De Palma's Scarface with guns replacing cocaine. Lord of War isn't as much fun, though, or as morally instructive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2005
A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 24, 2005
A clever, engaging and thought-provoking view into a world few know anything about.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2005
A battle to sit through.
Erik Childress
September 22, 2005
The approach to Yuri's tale is an interesting one as Cage and Niccol never break their poker faces in trying to make him any more or any less than what he actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 22, 2005
Amid all the spent bullets and criticisms of our current president, there still is room for irony in "Lord of War." Unintentional, yes, but it's there.
| Original Score: C
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