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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 3, 2006
It tells a story that would fit perfectly in a standard Hollywood action thriller, but it tells it in the grammar and syntax of an art film. The two sensibilities make no sense together.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 3, 2006
Arresting performances by Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr. are squandered on a moody thriller that has way too much mood and not nearly enough thrills.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
The movie at heart is just a wallow in ugliness and unpleasantness in the service of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
A ridiculous movie that starts off completely cracked and just gets crazier and crazier.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2006
Daniels offers a lame attempt to do what Quentin Tarantino has frequently done better -- and with far more cinematic artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2006
It doesn't take long to figure out that Shadowboxer's Helen Mirren, as a cancer-ridden hitwoman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., as her doting stepson, are the most unconvincing team of hired assassins in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 27, 2006
The storytelling is so overwrought, humorless and misguided, the film is like a noir car wreck.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
Who says critics are useless? Now you don't have to see the movie, unless, of course, you derive some satisfaction/pleasure from graphic violence, unforgivably cliched scripts and/or repeated sightings of Gooding's bare bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 27, 2006
A rubbernecker's movie....There's a new Zalman King in town, and his name is Lee Daniels.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 27, 2006
One of the campiest, most lushly ludicrous movies to come out in a while.
| Original Score: C
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
July 21, 2006
At worst, Lee Daniels is a poor man's Quentin Tarantino, both literally and figuratively. And that's not a bad thing; just ask Guy Ritchie.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 21, 2006
This film is, as they say, close but no cigar.
| Original Score: 2.4/5
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
July 21, 2006
This daring film may not completely hold together, but it has a bracing, off-kilter sensibility -- a mixture of mordant humor and melancholy -- that mostly compensates for the occasional lulls and clunky, obvious moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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July 21, 2006
Billed as film noir, but because it lacks any subtlety and accentuates gratuitous violence that is more in-your-face than it is implied, the movie is about as noir-ish as Rocky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 21, 2006
Not only will you want to shower after seeing this repellent movie -- the Rose-Mikey sex scenes are especially icky -- you'll feel sorry for the cast.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 21, 2006
If he earns no other accolades for his directorial debut -- a distinct likelihood -- Lee Daniels deserves some kind of award just for assembling the most bizarrely random cast of this young century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
July 21, 2006
A film replete with awful acting that glorifies nihilism...in your face movie-making by people with a moral compass badly askew. There's nothing remotely entertaining about this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
July 21, 2006
Clayton is one of those outsized movie villains. He's the sort who wears his designer shirt unbuttoned and beard slightly fuzzy, shoots his minions when they fail him, and keeps a zebra on his front lawn.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 21, 2006
Trained assassins do the right thing and rehash a very bad cliché at the same time.
| Original Score: 6/10
July 20, 2006
A layer cake of weird and wild images married to a plot that's lurid, ludicrous and bizarrely hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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