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  • Summary: The film, based on fact, follows the globetrotting exploits of arms dealer Yuri Orlov (Cage). Through some of the deadliest war zones, Yuri struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent (Hawke), his business rivals, even some of his customers who include many of the world’sThe film, based on fact, follows the globetrotting exploits of arms dealer Yuri Orlov (Cage). Through some of the deadliest war zones, Yuri struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent (Hawke), his business rivals, even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. Finally, Yuri must also face his own conscience. (Lions Gate) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 88
    A bleak comedy, funny in a "Catch-22" sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic.
  2. 80
    An arresting and disturbing piece of work that gets its message across without coming off as overly preachy.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Brimming with cinematic confidence, cynicism, chutzpah plus dramatic bungles, Andrew Niccol's ambitious Lord of War views today's international arms trade through its anti-hero.
  4. Taken as a whole -- and it kills me to write this -- it just doesn't add up to much.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Intelligent but not particularly involving.
  6. 60
    Niccol's fatal error is in making the protagonist at once amoral and insipid, an admixture thickened by Cage's loquacious yet stoned voice-over and Moynahan's moist-eyed tremblings as the trophy wife.
  7. The result is a dead pile of information in search of a movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 58
  2. Negative: 14 out of 58
  1. Aug 11, 2014
    10
    Lord of War is a strong, potent film that (besides adding accurate commentary on gun trading), has many alternative themes about life. ItLord of War is a strong, potent film that (besides adding accurate commentary on gun trading), has many alternative themes about life. It reminds us that sometimes, having everything you want is a bad thing, and that being at war with yourself is far worse than any global conflict. It is well-acted, well-scripted, and never boring. It is a rare 21st century Nick Cage movie that is actually good. Expand
  2. BobQ.
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    This a film very well written, the dialogues are very smart.It's a clever action film.Cage is wonderfull.
  3. Chrystal
    Feb 12, 2006
    9
    I though this movie was great. Where everyone is getting boring from, I don't know. This movie is intriguing and interesting. Nicholas I though this movie was great. Where everyone is getting boring from, I don't know. This movie is intriguing and interesting. Nicholas Cage does a great acting job in this film. This movie goes to show that there will never be peace in this world we live in. I'd recommend this movie to everyone. Expand
  4. D.B.
    Feb 5, 2006
    8
    Absolutely terrific. For light entertainment, this one is actually incredibly powerful. It gets under your skin and makes you think. All the Absolutely terrific. For light entertainment, this one is actually incredibly powerful. It gets under your skin and makes you think. All the acting is really impressive, and the whole thing is just so bloody entertaining that it's impossible to dislike, unless you're looking for a bad movie. Expand
  5. JohnM.
    Jan 27, 2006
    7
    i was expecting a movie that wasnt gonna be very good based on the boxoffice, but actually it was alright, Cage pulled off his role great and i was expecting a movie that wasnt gonna be very good based on the boxoffice, but actually it was alright, Cage pulled off his role great and it had some good one liners, ill probably see it again. Expand
  6. KenG.
    Sep 17, 2005
    4
    Script was lazy and slip-shot, and this was not one of Cage's better performances. Maybe because he was too busy doing voice- over Script was lazy and slip-shot, and this was not one of Cage's better performances. Maybe because he was too busy doing voice- over narration, (which this movie relies way too much on). Lastly, I got no sense that this movie really knows what it's talking about, or that film-makers made much of an effort researching this project. You won't actually learn anything about how the gun-traffic industry works. Expand
  7. SusanM.
    Oct 4, 2005
    0
    This is the #1 worst movie I have ever seen. Pathetic waste of time. Terrible story from beginning to end. This movie should never have been This is the #1 worst movie I have ever seen. Pathetic waste of time. Terrible story from beginning to end. This movie should never have been made. It doesn't have a single redeeming quality. Collapse

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