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Shooter Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Ben Walters
Time Out
April 12, 2007
The film's weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 26, 2007
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 26, 2007
The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 26, 2007
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 23, 2007
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.
| Original Score: C-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 23, 2007
Shooter is an honorable rather than exceptional addition to the canon.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 23, 2007
Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 23, 2007
It may not qualify as a masterpiece, yet is a masterful thriller nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 23, 2007
Though much of the action in Shooter is beautifully photographed, the movie's force is as a blunt instrument of metaphor.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 23, 2007
[A] competent if uninspired action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2007
Shooter won't win any Oscars, but it has blood and brains, and even some heart. They're splattered all over the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2007
The crushing two-hour-plus running time and Tom Clancy-for-dummies plot sabotage the film, which becomes particularly ridiculous in the last 30 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 23, 2007
Suspended over a deep gully of disbelief, where logic takes more bullets than the bad guys, Shooter still makes the grade as hard-ass action escapism.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 23, 2007
A chase movie and a pretty crafty thriller, Shooter owes a lot to Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 23, 2007
It features a gritty, macho performance by Mark Wahlberg, stinging political commentary and more 'Here's how you do that' moments than the complete MacGuyver collection on DVD.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 23, 2007
Shooter eventually gets in its own way by hitting things too hard, too loud and too long.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2007
It's best to turn your brain off, half an hour in.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 23, 2007
Though the movie has some mild pretensions to rank with great paranoia films like Three Days of the Condor, mostly it's content to deliver Salisbury steak-and-mashed-potatoes action.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 23, 2007
The plot is so dense and cockamamie, trying to follow it isn't worth the bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 23, 2007
A high-caliber action movie that gives '70s revenge fantasies a contemporary spin.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
March 23, 2007
The movie's politics may miss their mark, but its thrills are dead-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2007
Shooter is executed with such efficiency and energy by action maestro Antoine Fuqua that ignoring flaws and becoming involved in the proceedings isn't a matter of choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2007
A sleek, scattershot and vigorously incoherent vigilante flick that assumes the high ground just long enough to slay every corrupt dirt-ball in its path.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 23, 2007
Like most modern action films, Shooter is too explicit, more interested in mayhem than motive.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 23, 2007
Director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin have let a perfectly good political action thriller get completely and ridiculously away from them.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 23, 2007
Shooter winds up being the movie that would have left us scratching our heads about Wahlberg's choices had he actually won the best supporting actor award for his terrific work in The Departed.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 23, 2007
Shooter boasts a likable hero and the possibility of a sequel, and Hollywood rarely asks for a more storybook ending than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
March 23, 2007
Director Antoine Fuqua knows how to stage and shoot scenes of violence and chaos so that they build without ever bubbling over into absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
March 23, 2007
While it's fast-paced and often something of a nail-biter, Shooter doesn't really pay off, other than merely give us a lot of action, merely for action's sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 23, 2007
A stylish but essentially businesslike smash-and-crasher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 23, 2007
Muscles bulge and heads explode in this thoroughly reprehensible, satisfyingly violent entertainment about men and guns and things that go boom.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 23, 2007
Its skeptical, disillusioned take on big government and official deceptions should strike a vibrant chord with a wide range of audiences.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 23, 2007
Definitely a cut above the average action thriller.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 22, 2007
Shooter is far more complicated than it needs to be, taking more crazy twists and turns than it should.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 22, 2007
Shooter's covert intent could have been satire. Overtly, though, it's definitely about shooting, betrayal and shooting. In that order.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2007
The story is often ridiculous, but director Antoine Fuqua provides plenty of fun distractions, including an evil Russian in a wheelchair, a conniving U.S. senator, and a heroine who favors tank tops.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 22, 2007
Begins with a semblance of rationality, then flies off the rails, plunging into a series of bloody shootouts and pointless explosions.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Eyman
Washington Post
March 22, 2007
It's a story that can be transplanted from genre to genre, because we never grow tired of it, which is to say that it fits snugly into the paranoid drift of American movies, and the value we place on one honest man with a gun.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2007
For years Wahlberg has been turning into a real actor, and if he ever gets the action hero role he deserves, we'll let you know.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Thomas
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2007
Mark Wahlberg will only get props for balancing out the utter implausibility of [Antoine] Fuqua's new crash-boom conspiracy melodrama Shooter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 22, 2007
A generically titled studio action picture that turns out to be a surprisingly deft satire about Americans' loss of faith in their government following the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2007
The ultimate crime of this paranoid enemy-of-the-state pulp, directed with more style than brains by Antoine Fuqua, is how dull it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 20, 2007
Then come the plot holes, the cartoonish performances (especially from Ned Beatty as a crudely drawn, corrupt Montana senator) and -- oh, yes -- the stuff that gets blowed up real good.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 20, 2007
Even in a climate where the pervasive influence of 24 can be argued to have caused 'thriller fatigue,' Shooter is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4