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Stander Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 6, 2004
A second-rate action picture that's content to use apartheid as a colorful background.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 26, 2004
...a dull and overlong heist flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
August 3, 2004
Hughes abandons the wealth-redistribution theme, morphing the movie into a mere buddy flick about amoral fugitives on the road.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
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
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 3, 2004
Good story but mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 7, 2004
The problem with this film is there aren't enough car chases and the film itself looks rather cheap.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 3, 2004
Stander refuses to take a stand on its own subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 12, 2004
[I]t is very smart about bank robberies.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A rather entertaining (if style-over-substance) portrait of insane illicitness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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