Rules of Engagement 2000

Rules of Engagement

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The script is unconvincing and the courtroom action is unegaging.

36%

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55%

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User Ratings: 49,516

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Col. Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) is a 30-year Marine veteran: a decorated officer with combat experience in Vietnam, Beirut and Desert Storm -- a patriot, a hero. But now, the country he served so well has put him on trial for a rescue mission that went terribly wrong. For his attorney, he has chosen Marine Col. Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a comrade-in-arms who owes his life to Childers.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lee Jones
Colonel Hayes Hodges
Samuel L. Jackson
Colonel Terry L. Childers
Guy Pearce
Major Mark Biggs
Bruce Greenwood
National Security Advisor William Sokal
Philip Baker Hall
General H. Lawrence Hodges
Anne Archer
Mrs. Mourain
Ben Kingsley
Ambassador Mourain
Mark Feuerstein
Captain Tom Chandler
Dale Dye
Gen. Perry
James Webb
Writer (Story)
Stephen Gaghan
Screenwriter
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
James Webb
Executive Producer
Arne Schmidt
Co-Producer
Mark Isham
Original Music
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Rules of Engagement

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (61)

Audience Reviews for Rules of Engagement

  • Jun 01, 2015
    Intense and provocative, Rules of Engagement is a captivating political thriller. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, and Bruce Greenwood, the film features an all-star cast. When U.S. Army Col. Terry Childers is court-martialed and setup to take the fall for a protest rally that turned into a massacre at an American embassy, he calls on an old friend to take his case and prove his innocence. Unfortunately the script is a little weak, particularly the trail scenes; as nothing especially dramatic happens to sway the case or create momentum. Additionally, the truth of the "massacre" is revealed fairly early on, undercutting the tension. Yet there's still a good amount of suspense and intrigue to the investigation and the trail. Rules of Engagement has its flaws, but overall it's an entertaining and compelling film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2015
    Much like, "Rampage", Friedkin's direction and the script outrageously stack the deck in favor of a troubling argument. It's not that I believe he shouldn't have his opinion, it's that the film never for one second allows the alternative point of view any ground to stand on.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    This is a very good military-oriented film with shades of A Few Good Men. It's not as good as A Few Good Men, but it's still very entertaining, and had a great cast. Samuel L. Jackson is awesome as usual, and Tommy Lee Jones and Guy Pearce are at their personal bests here, in my opinion.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    <i>Rules of Engagement</i> is about a very sensitive subject, which is why I suspect it has such low ratings. If you can get past that, I thought the story was really very good. Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Guy Pierce did a great job acting! I feel this is a movie worth seeing. It shows some of the not so simple choices soldiers are forced to make, in a time of chaos. Also the possible consequences one might have if they make the wrong decision. I've seen a lot of comments comparing this to A Few Good Men, but it's been too long since I've seen that to compare.
    Barbara A Super Reviewer

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