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Shooter: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Ryan Phillippe's efforts aren't enough to salvage Shooter, a tedious, under-developed drama that lacks an original voice or perspective.


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SHOOTER is USA Network's new conspiracy thriller based on the best-selling novel "Point of Impact" by Stephen Hunter, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. Starring Ryan Phillippe ("Secrets and Lies"), the series follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. When Swagger's former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps, "House") solicits his expertise in a clandestine operation, Swagger discovers that he is has been framed and must do everything in his power to protect his family and clear his name.


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Critic Reviews for Shooter: Season 1

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The biggest problem with Shooter isn't its uncomfortable topicality, it's that the show has virtually no point of view regarding the complicated issues it brings to the fore.

November 15, 2016 | Full Review…

The problem is that Shooter doesn't feel like the right show for our times, which are already tense enough. It has been delayed twice after real-life mass shootings. The loud crack of guns being fired isn't what some of want to hear right now.

November 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

You can see why this project was made for cable network audiences, but you'll be wishing the execution was more inventive.

November 14, 2016 | Full Review…

A middle-of-the-pack conspiracy thriller that's neither the best nor the worst thing on TV.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Watching Shooter as a series is like falling back into a well-known and familiar story, just one with lots of guns. It's downright comfortable. And that's odd.

November 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Shooter is the sort of straight-up storytelling USA is best known for, albeit almost completely devoid of humor.

November 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shooter: Season 1

From USA comes the exciting political thriller Shooter, based on the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact (and the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film adaptation). Season 1 follows former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger who's recruited to help stop a presidential assassination but ends up being setup as the would be assassin; leading him to go on the run and to attempt to uncover the conspiracy in order to clear his name. Starting Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Omar Epps, and Eddie McClintock, the cast is especially strong. And the writers do a good job with the serialized storytelling, and at building suspense and intrigue. Additionally, the action scenes are incredibly intense and well-shot. Shooter delivers an impressive first season and promises more action and dark conspiracies in the future.


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I tried to like this but it was just really over the top. Ryan Phillippe was decent being the protagonist but there was nothing else worth watching for, the "Russians are bad" plot is just preposterous.


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