Spartan - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Spartan Reviews

Page 1 of 38
½ November 6, 2017
Uneven but riveting espionage/action film. I like Mamet's writing, and seeing him tackle a film that's less a mystery/crime flick and a straight up "time is running out" suspense thriller is enjoyable. Features some of the core Mamet Company of supporting actors. Worth seeing at least once.
½ July 18, 2017
Seemed like a B movie to me.
March 27, 2017
"Spartan" is a brilliant thriller that unfolds more and as it goes on. It peels off the layers like and onion and there is always another surprise around the corner.
The writer doesn't feel the need to introduce the characters and jumps right into action and that is a refreshing change. The dialogue is very well thought out and more extensive than the usual one liners that is what makes this triller so unique. The absence of catchphrases or worn out lines makes the dialogue and atmosphere feel more tens and perfectly fits the movies overall theme.
Val Kilmer shows one of the best performances of his career a total badass. Macy and Bell also deliver solid performances.
The directing is very good and is different than in other thrillers. Rather than trying to lay focus on the characters Mamet lays focus on the plot and lets the actors do their thing which helps the plot unfold so much better and the characters to bloom. He does this with great camera work. There are some great long shots that just raise the tension and excitement.
There are also many hidden details in this movie that can give the viewer a clue about the proceedings in the story and pull the viewer even more into the story.
In conclusion we can say that we have a very unconventional yet brilliant thriller that excites from start to end and makes the viewer feel at home.
December 12, 2016
Decent movie. The plot is pretty conventional, the dialogue and performances aren't very memorable, but it has a good enough pacing, stylish direction and solid action to be forgivable.
Super Reviewer
October 28, 2016
Well made but never as gripping as you want it to be.
June 28, 2016
MAMET is a far better writer than director but the script here feels rough and stilted. Add in a fairly terrible score and KILMER walking around doing his best emotionless SEAGAL impression and you have a confused thriller that fails to satisfy.
March 28, 2016
There is no possible way any agency no matter how special would send someone who just finished training on a big mission like this! Get a clue hollywood!
November 29, 2015
End breaks down a bit, but overall an example where minimalism can take a seemingly cliche genre and make it real again.
½ July 21, 2015
Mamet and Kilmer really do elevate this underrated thriller.
July 14, 2015
A very dark intriguing thriller written and directed by David Mamet, with Val Kilmer playing a special operative named Robert Scott, dedicated to his country with specific skills. A man of a thousand faces. When the President's daughter is abducted, Robert & Curtis (young rookie operative) are put on the case to help find her. As the investigation progresses they realize they have uncovered a slavery ring of young blonde women who are sent to Dubai. Robert gets very close to uncovering the entire operations when the President's people make an announcement that she died by drowning with her Professor in a boating accident. Curtis knows this is not true and reveals this to Robert. Robert ends up on a mission outside of his agency to save the Presidents daughter. A dark movie of conspiracy & complicated politics.
½ June 25, 2015
Spartan is an intelligent and exhilarating action thriller. It makes you think with its twisty nature and intense action. The script is great and the dialogue is even better. The characters get lots of development and the plot is intriguing. The first 20 minutes is slow, but after that is just ends with a great climax.
May 11, 2015
Spartan is a decent film. It is about the investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. Val Kilmer and Derek Luke give good performances. The script is a little slow in places. David Mamet did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the action and adventure.
½ March 25, 2015
"Was It As Fun As Playing Miniature Golf?"

***** 1/2

When The Daughter Of The President Is Kidnaped Veteran Army Ranger & Secret Service Agent Robert Scott Is Assigned To The Task Force Of Recovering The Girl. Accompanied On This Mission Is A New Secret Service Recruit Ranger Curtis Who Is Training Under Scott. They Soon Discover A Human Trafficking Operation That They Believe Will Lead Them To The Girl. But When The Press Releases That The Girl Is Dead The Case Is Considered Closed.
You Can't Lie To A Ranger: That Is What Curtis Tells Scott. But Why Does Scott Care If The Story Of The Girl Being Dead Is A Lie? He's Just A Worker Bee: That Never Wanted To Be A Handler, Or A Planner, & Never Claimed To Be. He Just Does What He's Told & Avoids The Political Nonsense That He Thinks Is As Fun As Playing Miniature Golf. When Curtis Tells Him That They Have An Army That Depends On Them For The Truth Curtis Is Shortly There After Shot By A Sniper & Scott Takes His Last Words To Heart, & Becomes Determined To Accept The Consequences & See The Mission Through Till The Truth Is Known.


I Give This Film An A (Amazing) ***** 1/2
December 27, 2014
12/27/2014: A pretty decent suspense flick with a good cast and an interesting plot.
½ October 15, 2014
well crafted thriller
September 9, 2014
Interesting take on loyalty.
August 26, 2014
Nice action thriller with a couple of twists.
August 15, 2014
David Mamet? Really? A poorly- scripted, overacted, contrived mess of a film. Deus ex machina (almost literally)? Check. Would be much more effective as a parody of the mystery/thriller genre.
½ July 11, 2014
Probably the most underrated movie ever. Great dialogue and no spoon feeding for dumb viewers
Page 1 of 38