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Spartan Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 12, 2004
Like many political thrillers, there is a pervasive paranoia at work here. Only this psychosis feels old, not interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 14, 2004
He commits the very last sin his characters would permit -- he loses control with multiply paranoid layers that wear out instead of boring in.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
March 11, 2004
Spartan never achieves that exquisite verbal choreography for which [Mamet] is famous...
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Barely memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 19, 2004
As a thriller, Spartan will hold your attention, but unfortunately writer/director's David Mamet's style doesn't fit well in this milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 21, 2004
A truly spartan thriller: a clinical, spare exercise by a self-serious plotter that doesn't leave room for standout sequences, emotional depth or some old-fashioned fun.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 14, 2004
...feels rather synthetic...transparent suspense that carries some mediocre thrills...pretentious-minded political pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 12, 2004
The odd thing is that Spartan, despite its lofty goals, is no more convincing than a Schwarzenegger or Stallone action flick.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 11, 2004
When the suspenseful plot is ultimately unraveled, it turns out to be a cynical, cinematic riddle that makes little sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 11, 2004
Writer/director David Mamet ("Heist") has fashioned a twisty thriller, but his highly cynical story is at constant odds with his trademark repetitive Mamet-speak
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 16, 2004
Too preposterous to mean much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 8, 2004
The main problem is that the narrative is evasive...; we can't trust Mamet as a storyteller!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 21, 2004
Como de hábito, os diálogos concebidos por Mamet são fascinantes. Infelizmente, a trama é óbvia e não faz jus ao interessante personagem de Val Kilmer.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 11, 2004
For all its narrative flair, Spartan ends up as just another chance for Mamet to show off his tennis-ace virtuosity with speech and atmosphere within the boundaries of a standardized movie genre.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 11, 2004
Imagine David Mamet rewriting his political satire Wag the Dog as a joke-free kidnap drama. Or don't imagine, just pony up for the glum spectacle of Spartan.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 11, 2004
It's the familiar good-spy-vs.-bad-spy palaver served up in standard Mamet style.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 11, 2004
Mamet's sometimes confusing latest effort is a lot of gradual buildup to a payoff that falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 11, 2004
Will intrigue only those interested in the nooks and crannies of Mamet's career.
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