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Shooter (2007)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 77

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


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 25

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



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

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Jun 26, 2007


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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (77) | DVD (22)

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

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's one of those conspiracy thrillers that keeps on asking you to take a leap of faith, until you get tired of leaping and you just start laughing in all the wrong places.

March 26, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Ballistic fetishists and anticorporate activists will find common ground in each violent act against political fat cats, but the rest of us are left to wallow in the bloodlust and wonder who switched the reels.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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As the body count increases, the kills become so gratuitous that the effect is numbing, like watching a line of metal ducks get pinged at the state fair.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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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.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Gory vigilante political thriller for adults only.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (4)
The Scorecard Review

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

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

... the twists within twists become so laughable that you can't take anything seriously... the only thing missing here is a laugh track.

August 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

If you don't mind watching a rerun of a few other, better, spy thrillers, Shooter isn't half bad.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Despite its slew of genre cliches, Shooter works in fits and starts as a valentine to a simpler era in action films.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The only way to watch it without considering it unbearably ridiculous or morally revolting is to focus purely on the action, the fighting, the explosions, and the quick pace.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Wahlberg isn't as confident or credible as a tough guy with a mantle of regret.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

An impressive shoot-'em-up, work-it-out action drama.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Halfway decent script, good acting, good chases and stuff gets blown up. What more do you want? Godzilla?

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Times Square
Times Square

The cinematic equivalent of one of those chunky special-forces-porn airport novels.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Ultimately, it's just a vigilante picture with ideas above its station.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A exhilarating, big budget action thriller about corruption, betrayal and integrity.. Director Antoine Fuqua delivers thrills on a large scale and Wahlberg is a charismatic hero, overcoming all the odds to find justice far away from the Justice Department

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are plenty of things wrong with Shooter but the quantity and indeed the quality of the explosions isn't one of them.

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's no masterpiece, but it's way better than the usual big gun/small brain fare.

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

purports to question the way in which the military can take over the political process, but its answer is little more than the very violence it's supposedly critiquing.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Shooter is a real stinker.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Shooter

May 20, 2013
Directors Cat
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I like Mark Wahlberg.
I'm a huge gun fanatic.
I love action movies.
But this movie disappointed man...
The plot, typical. The ending, one of the worst conclusions you can ever end a movie on. The action, not exciting at all. Is there tension? Not really. This movie fails on a lot of parts. Only thing I've gotta say about this movie is how some scenes (especially the snow sniper scene) is gorgeous. I wanted to like this movie, but it was just another mindless Hollywood action flick.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Shooter is a pretty good and engaging action film starring Mark Wahlberg. I thought that the film was very entertaining, pulse pounding and action packed. Mark Wahlberg plays a Marine sniper who is double crossed and he must do everything he can to clear his name. I'm not normally prone to Antoine Fuqua films, and I find him to be quite mediocre as a filmmaker, but Shooter is a pretty good effort. I personally felt that this was a better film than Fuqua's Training Day. The cast do a fine job at delivering good performances, and the thrills keep coming. Fuqua's directing is pretty good, and he delivers a very entertaining action thriller. There are some good actors on-screen, and they each bring something good to the film. Wahlberg is in top form, and Shooter is really a cool action film. The film is not the best, but for what it is, the film is a good entertaining action film that delivers enough action to please the viewer. Antoine Fuqua has made his best film with Shooter. This is definitely one of the better action films to come in recent times. If you like intrigue and conspiracy elements mixed with your action, then look no further than Shooter. This is a very enjoyable film with plenty of tense, thrilling moments. This definitely one of the best films that Fuqua has made. Wahlberg definitely deliver on-screen, and this is a film not to miss if you're looking for a cool action film.
September 18, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

An ex Special Services sniper is recruited to investigate a possible assassination attempt on the President but when he is framed for the death of a foreign dignitary he must find the real conspirators to clear his name. It's Marky Mark's turn to strut his Bourne thang and Shooter has all the ingredients you'd expect from a Hollywood conspiracy thriller. Wahlberg and Pena are fine as the outlaw lawmen cutting a swathe of popping craniums through the usual suspects, although Rhona Mitra and Kate Mara are clearly just there as the obligatory window dressing and I wish Elias Koteas would stop taking these parts as grinning caricatures because he's better than this. It at least attempts to touch on the subject of the US's foreign policy of planting a stars and stripes on every country on the globe in an attempt to "liberate" their oil fields, but their solution is, as ever, an American with a big gun. There's absolutely nothing here you won't have seen before but everyone involved is very comfortable with the ins and outs of this kind of thing and it's a very efficient and well executed example.
September 1, 2011
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    1. Col. Isaac Johnson: I won you lost; get used to the idea son.
    – Submitted by Jay M (4 months ago)
    1. Senator Charles F. Meachum: I am a United States Senator!
    2. Bob Lee Swagger: Exactly.
    – Submitted by William C (22 months ago)
    1. Sarah Fenn: What are you going to do?
    2. Bob Lee Swagger: Exercise my right to bear arms.
    – Submitted by Geoff T (2 years ago)
    1. Bob Lee Swagger: I'm going to find them, burn their playhouse down.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Bob Lee Swagger: Welcome to Tennessee, patron state of shootin' stuff.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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