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  • Summary: Mel Gibson is a New York cabbie whose fascination with "conspiracies" in everyday life enmeshes him and a Justice Department attorney (Roberts) in a dangerous situation when one of his paranoid theories may indeed be true.
    (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Michel Sragow
    90
    Even when Conspiracy Theory is jammed or rushed or overly jittery, Gibson's command--of Jerry's fractured psyche, his freak perceptions, and his ardor--gives the picture blue-eyed soul.
  2. Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts contribute major star power to the uneven tale, but it never becomes as convincing as a real conspiracy theory should.
  3. You're set up for when director Richard Donner -- who worked with Gibson on all three audience-pleasing Weapons -- switches the movie from a really interesting, jittery, literate, and witty tone poem about justified contemporary paranoia (and the creatively unhinged dark side of New York City) to an overloaded, meandering iteration of a Lethal Weapon project that bears the not-so-secret stamp of audience testing and tinkering.
  4. The film isn't really about much and so feels patchy and forced, with elements more calculated than inspired, more urgent than exciting.
  5. 50
    In the end, Conspiracy Theory fails to work as an action film, a romance, or a mystery -- all of which it aspires to be.
  6. 50
    Conspiracy Theory doesn't know whether it wants to be a comedy, a political thriller, a romance or a satire.
  7. It might even have made a good film, but it hasn't. In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 25, 2011
    7
    People are suckers for conspiracy theories. This film is quite entertaining as it tickles the notion through this conspiracy obsessedPeople are suckers for conspiracy theories. This film is quite entertaining as it tickles the notion through this conspiracy obsessed protagonist. Gibson seems to play well the guy verging on insanity. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2013
    5
    Suffering heavily from an overall lack of chemistry and believability between its two leads, "Conspiracy Theory" also lugs a hefty amount ofSuffering heavily from an overall lack of chemistry and believability between its two leads, "Conspiracy Theory" also lugs a hefty amount of predictability and iffy writing across the finish line. Expand

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