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Lord of War Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 16, 2005
His heavy-handedness and inability to humanize and explain his hero mean that even the choir Niccol is preaching to won't be moved by Lord of War.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 16, 2005
There should be a phrase for the errors Lord of War makes: Call them substance abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2005
The film is morally unsettling on its surface, and then you realize the surface is all you're going to get.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 17, 2005
Might have worked as a documentary, but isn't nearly entertaining enough as a work of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2005
Niccol wants us to identify with the sinner, but he has no taste for the sin.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2005
Plays like a smarty-pants Esquire essay by David Foster Wallace. Even if you agree with it, the movie is so endlessly pleased with itself that you wish you didn't.
| Original Score: 1/4
Chris Barsanti
September 15, 2005
it's a point weakly made, with depressingly little to back it up
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2005
Unlike Cage's reliable merchandise in the film, Niccol's supposedly explosive exposť misfires with every other shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 15, 2005
Nicolas Cage stars as a globe-trotting gunrunner in this misfire of a political satire about the international gun market.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 16, 2005
Lord of War tosses grenades and then fearfully runs from them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 16, 2005
Lord of War lacks the major gravitational pull that a film of its scope should exert.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 17, 2005
As flawed as it is, still has some value as it delivers some measure of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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'.
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Robert Koehler
September 6, 2005
Niccol's script is finally too much for the film to hold onto.
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2005

Baltimore Sun
September 24, 2005
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