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Spartan Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
He'll always be writer first, but for a relentless entertainment with actual with wit and soul, Spartan may just be the best thing David Mamet has done, certainly the best he has directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very well characterized thriller...
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 26, 2007
This political thriller is very much by its own definition, the tightly woven, creatively disciplined offspring of that old warrior spirit that is Mamet.
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
A tight and engrossing mystery thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
June 26, 2005
A clinic for how this genre should be done.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 6, 2005
Although the story deteriorates in the last act, most of the movie is of high quality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... should become a staple of film writing courses for years to come. There's not an ounce of fat in this script.
| Original Score: B+
Brian Mckay
September 4, 2004
It moves at a steady clip, boasting a smart narrative, a few surprising twists, and some respectable action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2004
...the action here is tense and suspenseful from beginning to end, with very little filler and very few distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
The real violence, as is always the case with Mamet, lies not in the mayhem but in the thrusting rhythms of the dialogue.
Matthew Turner
August 7, 2004
Though the plot may be more or less generic, this is different from the average Hollywood thriller, thanks to a combination of Mamet's script and direction and Kilmer's confident performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
August 6, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sunday Times (Australia)
July 20, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 24, 2004
In "Spartan," Mamet uses a typical action plot to tackle one of the biggest con artists of all: the president of the United States.
| Original Score: A-
Gregory Freitas
April 27, 2004
The old Mamet is back.
Brian Orndorf
April 24, 2004
It's one not to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 9, 2004
Genre groupies and Mamet maniacs should find the effort absorbing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 25, 2004
Both technically accomplished and moderately entertaining.
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