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Time Out
December 30, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 27, 2006
A mediocre time-waster
| Original Score: C
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Bill Gallo
Village Voice
April 25, 2006
[The film] has more holes than Bush's war plan and employs less fluent English.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 24, 2006
Nobody's better than Michael Douglass as playing that guy who makes that big mistake, and then spends the rest of the movie trying to atone for it.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 21, 2006
If you're going to make a movie with the same title as a second-rate horror film, it should at least be as entertaining as that second-rate horror film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 21, 2006
A well-constructed and genuinely tense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 21, 2006
A fairly by-the-numbers route through shootings, framings, diabolical plots and lots of dark-suited Secret Service types talking frantically into their shirt cuffs. (Watch closely, and you'll figure out pretty early who the bad seed is.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 21, 2006
If the movie had seized on the purely tacky melodramatic potential of the plot so far -- The Sentinel might have floated above its own silliness on bubbles of pure soap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 21, 2006
A half-hearted exercise in political paranoia,The Sentinel unravels its wrong-man scenario with business-like efficiency and an impressively jittery visual scheme, but falls far short of providing visceral or emotional thrills.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 21, 2006
So, although some enjoyment can be had from watching The Sentinel with an uncritical eye, it remains a deeply flawed piece of mainstream action entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2006
Rife with meaningless hugger-mugger, the movie is no In the Line of Fire.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2006
This is solid genre filmmaking that makes up for a lack of surprises with superior performances, excellent depictions of tradecraft (shades of CSI) and whiplash editing and pacing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 21, 2006
The Sentinel is so bland that it wants only to be as good as TV.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 21, 2006
The story and style fit comfortably with today's TV and movie fashions: the cop procedural, kinetic editing, a pressure-cooker job rife with competition, and a countdown to possible disaster.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
April 21, 2006
The movie goes barreling full-speed ahead in the wrong direction, as if the umpteenth film about a potential presidential assassination could possibly compare to, say, any given episode of 24.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 21, 2006
The Sentinel's brains may be mush, but its brawn is powered by superb stunts, high-tech gizmos and a potent sense of peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2006
A rather mechanical, soulless affair that avoids politics or anything else that might clearly define who these characters are and why we should care.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 21, 2006
The Sentinel, a contrived and tepid thriller that insists on wanting to interest us in its main plot -- the usual nefarious plan to assassinate the leader of the free world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 21, 2006
There are tense situations, daring escapes, shots fired, innocent civilians at risk, foreign terrorists. What else do you need?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 21, 2006
A decently crafted if dull innocent-man-on-the-run drama with all the excitement of a White House press briefing. We know most of the answers before there are questions.
| Original Score: 2/4
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April 21, 2006
There are thousands of us in over-air-conditioned screening rooms all over the country, throwing our bodies between you and bad movies. When I see a bullet coming, I'll take the hit so you don't have to. Don't thank me, ma'am. It's my job.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 21, 2006
Implausible and overdirected, The Sentinel buries a fuzzy plot under a ton of frenzied action.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 21, 2006
The movie strains with fast cuts and Steadicam swoops to make thrilling a job that, while hardly mundane, should be routine.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 21, 2006
It's as dutiful and humorless as any lesser Harrison Ford vehicle, though not as unforgivable as this year's Ford jalopy, Firewall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 20, 2006
It's a competent, if forgettable and implausible, thriller with some decent acting on the part of Sutherland and Michael Douglas as Secret Service agents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 20, 2006
Why would Michael Douglas attach himself to a Washington thriller as deeply ridiculous, suspense-free and potentially career-damaging as The Sentinel?
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2006
Yes, it's not always plausible and unapologetically by the numbers, but when the numbers are polished to such a high sheen, it would be next door to treason to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 20, 2006
Sentinel is a medium-dumb thriller that starts out with momentary promise but gets progressively sillier.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 20, 2006
The movie keeps running in circles, creating the illusion of progress. But by the end, you've gone nowhere. The Manchurian Candidate it isn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 20, 2006
The dialogue is wooden, so are many of the subsidiary performances, but the action is often good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2006
At a time when American audiences seem grateful for the opportunity to drool at mindless horror trash, it is encouraging that well-crafted thrillers are still being made about characters who have dialogue, identities, motives and clean shirts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 20, 2006
It's a sleek piece of entertainment with attractive performers who deliver exactly what's expected of them.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 20, 2006
All this fuss and bother over a very limited leading man who has stayed too long at the fair, brandishing his brawn.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 20, 2006
The Sentinel winds up being a cool way to spend a couple of hours. For the average moviegoer of late, that's almost joyous news.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2006
It's a pity that a film with so much promise descends into such lazy predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 20, 2006
After a solid first third, The Sentinel wobbles and lurches and starts unsurprising you with its unsurprises.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 20, 2006
The Sentinel is one of those well-oiled-machine movies from Hollywood that's slick in an inoffensive way, efficient in a give-the-viewers-what-they-want way. It has no personality per se, but that's what a picture like this is all about.
| Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 20, 2006
The actors look uniformly unhappy to be there.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
April 19, 2006
Eva Longoria is the first-day-on-the-job rookie Sutherland improbably takes on as his partner. Her presence is the only irrefutable confirmation that this musty movie was indeed shot in the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: C-