The Saint 1997

The Saint

Critics Consensus

The Saint is watchable thanks to Kilmer and Shue, but the muddled screenplay stretches credulity.

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Based on the popular spy series, this film follows suave international thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer), who is contracted by Russian oil magnate Ivan Tretiak (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a formula for cold fusion. So Templar, nicknamed "The Saint" because of his use of Roman Catholic saints as aliases, finds scientist Dr. Emma Russell (Elisabeth Shue), seduces her and steals the information. However, because the formula was incomplete, Tretiak now wants to kill Templar and kidnap Russell.

Cast & Crew

Val Kilmer
Simon Templar
Elisabeth Shue
Emma Russell
Rade Serbedzija
Ivan Tretiak
Henry Goodman
Dr.. Lev Botvin
Alun Armstrong
Inspector Teal
Michael Byrne
Vereshagin
Evgeniy Lazarev
President Karpov
Lev Prygunov
General Sklarov
David Brown
Producer
William J. Macdonald
Producer
Paul Hitchcock
Executive Producer
Robert S Baker
Executive Producer
Leslie Charteris
Writer (Characters)
Wesley Strick
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Critic Reviews for The Saint

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (32)

  • The Saint isn't unforgivable, but it definitely falls short of being satisfying entertainment.

    January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Carol Buckland

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • A generic suspenser that doesn't taste bad at first bite but becomes increasingly hard to swallow.

    May 20, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • This insufferable romance-adventure includes vague comedy as well as unintentional humor, and its target audience seems to be preadolescents who won't notice the calculated enthusiasm with which it sidesteps sexuality.

    May 20, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Eminently forgettable.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Love redeems this profiteer; it also renders him conventional.

    March 6, 2005
  • Reinvention in the hands of Hollywood is seldom cause for celebration.

    June 26, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Saint

  • Jul 20, 2020
    The Saint struggles early but recovers in the mid to late section of the film. I've heard there was a first cut that took a few more risks and I hope they offer this version at some point. Noyce is a competent filmmaker and he saves The Saint and allows Val Kilmer to disappear into the central role. The Saint was a success and I've found it strange they never allowed a sequel to be made. The early part of the film struggles to find a purpose and is a little over the top with its setup. The film manages to recover once Val Kilmer enters the film and the struggle between him and the villains sets up a relentless chase style film. I've always enjoyed The Saint while critics have dismissed it. The film is something of a guilty pleasure for myself and I hope they manage to revisit the film with a DC version at some stage. 20/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    Surprisingly decent. I thought this was going to suck, but I actually enjoyed this. There's just something really special about 90s action movies...most of them are not particularly good, but for some reason, they're just so much fun to watch!
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    The Saint, for me is a borderline decent action film. The ideas in the film, are good, but poorly executed, and feel kinda cheesy, yet there's something appealing the film too. The Saint for all its flaws, is a fun film to watch. The acting leaves a lot to be desired, but somehow the film is entertaining enough to be a passable action film. I agree that this film is uneven, but there are far worst films than The Saint out there. Val Kilmer give a decent performance, but one that is forgettable as well. The Saint is a cheesy action film that you have to watch when you want to be a mindless movie night where you pick something that doesn't have much plot. The Saint is a cool decent flick, but because there a lot of flaws with the film. Especially that now, watching the film today, the film looks dated all around. The film hasn't aged well. I was surprised at the names involved in this film, and considering that this film isn't good or excellent, it's just decent I was surprised to see actors like Michael Byrne in this. The Saint for all it's imperfection is entertaining, I liked it, but I wouldn't call it a good film. Like I said earlier, it's a decent flick at best. Nothing special on screen
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Hard to believe there was a time when studios were banking on Val Kilmer to kill at the box office during the key summer months. I've never read any of 'The Saint' series, but I have to believe he was a more dynamic & charismatic individual than portrayed here. Philip Noyce brings a few thrills to the screen but not enough to stick in my memory.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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