Shooter (2007)



Critic Consensus: With an implausible story and numerous plot holes, Shooter fails to distinguish itself from other mindless action-thrillers.

Movie Info

A top Marine sniper who previously abandoned the military after a routine mission gave way to tragedy is double-crossed by the government after reluctantly being pressured back into service in Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of Stephen Hunter's novel Point of Impact. There was a time when Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) was the best trigger-man in the military, but after growing disillusioned with the system, he disappeared without a trace. When high-profile government officials … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Hunter, Jonathan Lemkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
Box Office: $47.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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as Agent Nick Memphis

as Col. Isaac Johnson

as Sarah Fenn

as Jack Payne

as Alourdes Galindo

as Russ Turner

as Sen. Charles F. Meac...

as Michael Sandor

as Off. Stanley Timmons

as Donnie Fenn

as Howard Purnell

as TV News Anchor

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as Helicopter Pilot

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as Attorney General Rus...

as Louis Dobbler

as FBI Director Brandt

as Archbishop Desmond M...

as Dave Simmons

as Mr. Rate

as Mrs. Rate

as Lead Mercenary

as Mayor of Philadelphi...

as Helicopter Pilot

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as Senior Agent

as Junior Agent

as Underling

as President

as Ben Davis

as Frank Russo

as Meachum's Valet

as Sorenson

as TV News Anchor

as Michael Sandor
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Critic Reviews for Shooter

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (46)

The film's weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Shooter is nothing special, but a combination of appealing performances, intriguing plot twists and exciting action sequences mean that we're never less than entertained.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

There's enough unsettling paranoia that you don't exactly know how it's all going to turn out. It feels more like it could have come from the early '70s, when happy endings might not necessarily be right around the corner.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Gory vigilante political thriller for adults only.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

It jumps from typical action one-liners to political discussions about Abu Ghraib. I mean, you can't have a character named Swagger and expect me to take you seriously.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

It's a bit of fun but nothing you haven't seen before.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for Shooter

I enjoyed Shooter. It is always nice when it is one-against-the-world, and the one comes through - even though it would be a fantasy.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Mark Wahlberg is quickly becoming my favorite action star with the release of Lone Survivor coming after this action thriller from 2007. He's become the new military hero; this film following in the vein of Rambo. The plot is actually carved straight out of a Rambo movie: Gratuitous violence is blended with a conspiracy story. Wahlberg's character, Bob Le Swagger is tricked by government officials into a mission that isn't what was advertised. The ensuing manhunt, displaying Swagger's skill, cunning, and real patriotism contrasts excellently with the conniving government men. Glover's and Beatty's characters are really sleazy and morally bankrupt. This aspect of the film is reminiscent of Harrison Ford's A Clear and Present Danger even more than Rambo.
Critics have degraded this film as implausible and the cinematic equivalent of "special forces-style" pulp fiction, but I see it as undeniably entertaining. What were you expecting, Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal? Anyway, considering today's Osama Bin Laden-Benghazi type headlines, is it all that implausible? It's all about moral choices in the face of a completely corrupt system.
Finally, I love that Wahlberg's character calls my home state Tennessee: "the patron state of shooting stuff", even though that grammar is atrocious.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer



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