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  • Summary: When an international team of former Cold War intelligence adversaries meet in a warehouse, their adventure of friendship, intrigue and betrayal has just begun. Like the masterless Samurai of ages past, these modern day Ronin are embarking on their final covert mission -- to recover aWhen an international team of former Cold War intelligence adversaries meet in a warehouse, their adventure of friendship, intrigue and betrayal has just begun. Like the masterless Samurai of ages past, these modern day Ronin are embarking on their final covert mission -- to recover a mysterious briefcase for an unknown employer and to stay alive. (MGM) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 90
    As is common in a Frankenheimer picture, the plot lines get a bit tangled in Ronin, but the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.
  2. It's a welcome throwback to the days when the world didn't have to end or tanker trucks explode to get an action audience's attention.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff(Not credited)
    88
    Ronin represents an exhilarating return to form for Frankenheimer.
  4. 70
    After a while, you stop counting the chases -- they just get longer and louder, and it's like watching the revival of a forgotten art form; the fact that it's done with a minimum of special effects makes it all the more stirring.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Sauter
    67
    It's not just the crack stunt driving that makes Ronin such a welcome throwback; it's also the existential hardness of this thriller's motley band of mercenaries.
  6. Reviewed by: David Denby
    60
    Ronin is well-made, but it's an act of connoisseurship for people who have given up on movies as an art form.
  7. 40
    Not even supercool Robert De Niro can enliven this boring tale about a team of mercenary operatives.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    Finally, a movie that allowed you, if not forced you, to use your imagination. I found the plot to be compelling (who is really who andFinally, a movie that allowed you, if not forced you, to use your imagination. I found the plot to be compelling (who is really who and whom can you trust), De Niro is spot-on, and the car chase scenes are the best ever found in this genre of film. This is neither an action thriller nor a "shoot-em-up, chase 'em" film. It is a film that runs its own course and holds its own place. What's in the case? Who cares? It's a film that gets more appreciated the second, third and fourth time you see it. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 16, 2006
    8
    This action thriller has two really great car chases, and the gun battle hit the mark. However, the performances are also good, and overall, This action thriller has two really great car chases, and the gun battle hit the mark. However, the performances are also good, and overall, the movie chooses intelligence over idiocy, resulting in a taut, tight and nimble thriller. Collapse
  3. Dec 20, 2013
    7
    Pretty good all around. Had a good amount of intrigue, thrills, and action, to keep your attention throughout this one. It was a littlePretty good all around. Had a good amount of intrigue, thrills, and action, to keep your attention throughout this one. It was a little confusing at times, but wrapped up pretty nicely. Expand
  4. Aug 21, 2014
    7
    Although Ronin breaks no new ground in the action genre, it is still a wholesome and thrilling movie. The car chase scenes are some of theAlthough Ronin breaks no new ground in the action genre, it is still a wholesome and thrilling movie. The car chase scenes are some of the best in any movie, and DeNiro and Reno play a great pair. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2014
    6
    Overall, it was okay. The story line was decent and the car chases were well done. It kept my interest and is worth a watch only if you rentOverall, it was okay. The story line was decent and the car chases were well done. It kept my interest and is worth a watch only if you rent it. Its not worth watching multiple times. The ending has a decent plot twist which was nice. Expand

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