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Stander Reviews

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September 10, 2004
Stander is the political crime biopic starring Thomas Jane. Standard is the narrative and presentation. Snoozer is the effect it has on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2004
Stander profiles a South African cop who turns bank robber, but the story of this rebel-without-a-cause is way overdrawn.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2004
As the film speeds along, the portrayal of Stander becomes soulless. His motivations are drowned out by the screeching gateways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
August 6, 2004
A second-rate action picture that's content to use apartheid as a colorful background.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2004
...a dull and overlong heist flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 8, 2004
Be wary of any film that bookends a blistering portrait of social unrest with Skinemax-style sex scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 3, 2004
Hughes abandons the wealth-redistribution theme, morphing the movie into a mere buddy flick about amoral fugitives on the road.
August 6, 2004
Desperately repetitive and painfully dull. A more accurate title for Stander would be, Not Another Bank Robbery!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
August 3, 2004
Good story but mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2004
The story is so eager to highlight macho action scenes that it loses track of the important historical and political issues it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2004
Seems so conflicted about whether to give us the Stander fact or the Stander legend that the character remains, in spite of Jane's often impressive acting, as enigmatic to us as he did to those entrusted with his capture.
August 5, 2004
A picture we've seen quite often before, and one that doesn't offer sufficiently new insight into its standard plot to make it fresh or compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 6, 2004
Unsatisfying account of [Stander's] life and crimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 7, 2004
The problem with this film is there aren't enough car chases and the film itself looks rather cheap.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 13, 2004
Stander attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments.
December 3, 2004
Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2004
[Jane] at once captures the appeal of the celebrity outlaw -- not to mention looks great in the '70s-era wardrobe -- and the gravity of a man wrestling with his conscience in an environment of moral degeneracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 12, 2004
[I]t is very smart about bank robberies.
May 4, 2005
A rather entertaining (if style-over-substance) portrait of insane illicitness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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