Spartan Reviews

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.
March 25, 2004
Both technically accomplished and moderately entertaining.
March 21, 2004
Spartan is the same old stuff, but now it's been thoroughly Mametized, like a spray-on treatment you could spritz out of a can.
March 21, 2004
Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achievements for him, but it would be wasteful not to recognize them.
Top Critic
March 18, 2004
Not one character makes sense, there is no shred of craft, and the script sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old who has accidentally swallowed a microchip.
March 12, 2004
Is Spartan a perfect, or even a great, movie? Probably not. But in its prickly irascibility and deeply unsettling intelligence, it makes for a very, very good one.
March 12, 2004
Until its final stumble, this intelligence thriller ... is charged with brilliance.
March 12, 2004
Despite its many failings, Spartan is better than most of what passes for thrillers down at the multiplex.
March 12, 2004
The first hour of Spartan can make you sick with dread, like the first season of the TV series 24 ... The last half-hour of Spartan is still entertaining, but it's laughable.
March 12, 2004
A cold piece, mechanistic and only intermittently involving.