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Lord of War Reviews

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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
September 19, 2008
A fine, grown-up movie, half thriller, half black comedy.
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.
July 10, 2007
Satire is rarely so hard-hitting, or high calibre.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 . . .
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
January 27, 2006
The high point is Niccol's script, which turns weighty subject matter into dark comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
December 20, 2005
O anti-herˇi 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
December 15, 2005
...absorbing, even as it makes hamfistedly obvious moral points along the way.
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
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
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
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
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
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