Rules of Engagement - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rules of Engagement Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 8, 2015
The drama effectively combines combat and potboiler courtroom drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
April 1, 2015
Tense but shallow military drama heavy on violence, language
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 19, 2013
Something is missing
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
January 4, 2010
If the makers hadn't stuck so closely to the rules, this film would have been far more engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2003
Not exactly a triumphant return to form for maverick director William Friedkin, but it's not bad, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
November 13, 2002
Whereas a TV version of the same material might flounder, this slick, big-budget film works because there is legitimate doubt as to both the level of guilt of the accused and the outcome of the trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A thriller set in Yemen that turns into an ethical examination of the use of force by the military.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
It has the gumption to open a huge ethical can of worms without the first idea what to do with them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
Playboy Online
April 9, 2001
Hey, dazzle us with a movie, don't shove it down our throats.
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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
A silly courtroom thriller that comes dangerously close to remaking [Joel] Schumacher's A Time to Kill.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
There is little suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Rules of Engagement suffers from a serious split personality disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
At the end we have a film that attacks its central issue from all sides and has a collision in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances ... and the capable direction of William Friedkin.
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Peter Brunette
January 1, 2000
Nothing can redeem this film's deep immorality.
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
This film was born without an ending. Instead, it just sort of stops going, in an extremely disappointing and dull fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: C-

E! Online
January 1, 2000
This two-hour drama -- like A Few Good Men and Courage Under Fire -- is worthy of your attention.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The two actors are soldiers of hard-headed substance at attention in a field of milder actors at ease.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Ward
January 1, 2000
Utterly nauseating.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
The central flaw of Rules of Engagement is the script.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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