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Lord of War Reviews

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.
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 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.
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 24, 2005
A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2005
A raffishly ironic and insinuating movie -- and probably the most sheerly enjoyable film of the year so far.
September 16, 2005
There are the makings here of a really good feature or an even better documentary, but as it stands, Lord of War is not quite either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2005
Nicolas Cage is enormously, paradoxically likable as a genuine monster.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
Lord of War tosses grenades and then fearfully runs from them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 16, 2005
Lord of War has a hip, gonzo energy to it and it's often transfixing to watch and listen to. But it's finally just as empty as the man it's about.
September 16, 2005
The poison arrows of satire that writer-director Andrew Niccol aims at international arms dealing and the great powers who let it happen for their own gain -- the U.S. dangles prominently on Niccol's hook -- are frustratingly scattershot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 16, 2005
It's a confrontational piece of filmmaking that examines political subject matter without the safety net of genre artifice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
It's worth overlooking Lord of War's flaws.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
Movies usually show bullets as if they're generic, anonymous masses of metal coming off a conveyor belt, while Lord of War wants us to see that each bullet is inscribed with somebody's name.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2005
Its best moments burn with irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
Cage keeps us entertained on the path to Armageddon, which is more consideration than any of the real masters of war have shown.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
It's just a well-intended essay, a movie when necessary but not necessarily a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2005
As a drama, it isn't much. As education, its heart is certainly in the right place. As an entertainment experience, it's more than a bit of a repetitive.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 16, 2005
There should be a phrase for the errors Lord of War makes: Call them substance abuse.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2005
It gives moviegoers something to think about. If that recommendation sounds too dutiful, let it be known that it's exciting as well as thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 16, 2005
Lord of War is advocacy entertainment -- an act of mainstream provocation -- and, for the most part, it works unusually well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2005
Any time you're watching a film in which the statistics in the voice-over have more intrinsic drama than the protagonists' lives, you know you're in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2005
Intelligent but not particularly involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2005
Nicolas Cage stars as a globe-trotting gunrunner in this misfire of a political satire about the international gun market.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2005
[Cage] makes everything bearable, applying his usual talent for giving unsavory characters some attractive traits.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 15, 2005
For all its intelligence, the film gradually sinks under the weight of its own sense of mission.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2005
Lord of War would have worked better if its message had been more muted, muffled. Niccol could have used a silencer on his gun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2005
The film is morally unsettling on its surface, and then you realize the surface is all you're going to get.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2005
The viewer needs to bond with Yuri or we won't care what happens; but a lot of what happens is distasteful.
September 15, 2005
Niccol wants us to identify with the sinner, but he has no taste for the sin.
September 15, 2005
A bleak comedy, funny in a Catch-22 sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic that turns 12-year-olds into killers and cheapens human life to the point where might makes not only right, but everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2005
Lord is dull. Dirty dishwater dull. Terminally dull.
Read More | Original Score: C-
September 14, 2005
The result is a dead pile of information in search of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
September 13, 2005
As slick, flashy public-service announcements go, Lord of War is no Constant Gardener.
September 12, 2005
We've seen hundreds of gun-crazy action movies, but few films that tell us anything about the business of buying and selling weapons.
September 6, 2005
Niccol's script is finally too much for the film to hold onto.
September 6, 2005
An oddly satisfying mesh of an international action-adventure with an extremely dark satire about the global arms trade.