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Rendition Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 22, 2007
I don't fault Rendition for its liberal politics. I fault it for hammering home those politics in such pounding, slanted fashion.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 20, 2007
If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization -- they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2007
That it's embarrassingly plausible, that it depicts things that have happened and that are probably still happening, is enough to make Americans sick to their stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
What finally gives Rendition its headlong narrative momentum is the sense that we're rarely certain what argument the filmmakers are endorsing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 19, 2007
It's one thing for a thriller to be timely, quite another for it to function as Rendition does, a gripping piece of entertainment with a clear head on its shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 19, 2007
Rendition, while engrossing, does not grab us as it should.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 19, 2007
As it goes about hitting its predictable marks, including a reassuring burst of moral outrage, Rendition suffers, finally, from not being extraordinary enough.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 19, 2007
Give us a genuine dilemma, put us on the spot. Rendition -- though it is a very good, challenging film that will have you thinking and talking afterward -- doesn't.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2007
Rendition has been made with an awful lot of volume and outrage, but you wish it had some intellect and artistry, too.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 19, 2007
Morose instead of outraged and static instead of penetrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 19, 2007
[Hood] can be accused of one-siding the debate over interrogation tactics like water-boarding and electrocution. But since when do movies have to be fair and balanced?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 19, 2007
The kind of movie whose own self-importance is a turn off.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2007
A pat and generic, if serviceable, political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 19, 2007
Rendition succumbs to a fatal imbalance brought on by terminal star power.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 19, 2007
A movie whose hot-button political issues already seem too warmed and worried over.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 19, 2007
It raises worthwhile quandaries and delivers flashes of acting prowess -- from Streep in particular.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 19, 2007
It's all too simplistic to really engage the deeply complex dilemma it seeks to pass judgment on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2007
What the film documents is that we have lost faith in due process and the rule of law, and have forfeited the moral high ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2007
Occasionally a movie's subject outweighs any aesthetic flaws, as it does in this unsettling thriller about the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 19, 2007
Rendition is a reminder that, in the wrong hands, political outrage can be a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 19, 2007
A worthwhile but somewhat underwhelming effort, perhaps too level-headed for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2007
Hood squanders the film's considerable starpower by failing to elicit sharp performances from his marquee names.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 19, 2007
Its clumsy efforts are toward an honest and difficult goal, which is to use the resources of mainstream movie-making to get viewers thinking about a moral crisis that many of us would prefer to ignore.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 18, 2007
At every turn the screenplay turns geopolitics into Lifetime Channel pablum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 18, 2007
Relevancy isn't the only barometer worth reading here, especially since it's one of the few elements the film has going for it.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 18, 2007
Rendition's worst flaw is its political deck-stacking, with its willingness to win the viewer's sympathy by showcasing the least defensible instance of extraordinary rendition imaginable.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2007
What a cast, indeed. And what a bust as persuasive drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2007
Scenes of powerful realism alternate with melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 18, 2007
Don't imagine that you'll find much beyond lip service to serious public debate in this slick thriller.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 18, 2007
Reduces issues of burning domestic urgency to a rubble of burnt melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2007
Director Hood did the satisfying South African Oscar winner Tsotsi, and he wrangles Rendition's multiple storylines with skill. He cannot elevate the writing, however.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 17, 2007
Everything is black and white here, a tremendous disservice considering the complexity of the issue.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2007
Rendition makes the case that torture, whatever name it goes under, is indefensible, yet one can agree with that view entirely and still feel that the movie is just a borderline exploitation of what anyone who reads the papers already knows.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 17, 2007
Hot off the headlines, this is one timely thriller that delivers its message with a huge punch and no heavy speechifying.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 16, 2007
Rendition manages to take an urgent, important topic and turn it into standard Hollywood melodrama. What a waste.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 16, 2007
We are ambushed by a simplistic storyline that's more interested in sermonizing and demonizing than existing in the real world where things aren't as clear-cut as the movie would like us to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 15, 2007
Rendition has multiple crisscrossing plots, a cliff-hanger climax, and a strong current of hope -- that an individual's conscience can triumph over careerism and bureaucratic moral blindness.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2007
There is a crying need to publicly explore the U.S. government's policy of "extraordinary renditions"...But Rendition tackles the concern in a heavy-handed thriller with simplistic characters and manipulative story lines.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 8, 2007
Even Witherspoon, normally the most spirited of performers who can inject even limited characters and blah scripts with her own spark, can do little but mope around and search for different ways to look worried.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
Hot off the headlines and onto the screen, this is a rarity -- a political film that delivers its timely message with a cinematic punch and no undue speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4