Rules of Engagement

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  • Summary: Retired Marine Colonel and attorney Hays Hodges (Jones) defends his old friend and comrade-in-arms Col. Terry Childers (Jackson), a highly decorated 30-year Marine veteran, who has been court-martialed for ordering his troops to fire on a hostile crowd storming the U.S. embassy in YemenRetired Marine Colonel and attorney Hays Hodges (Jones) defends his old friend and comrade-in-arms Col. Terry Childers (Jackson), a highly decorated 30-year Marine veteran, who has been court-martialed for ordering his troops to fire on a hostile crowd storming the U.S. embassy in Yemen which results in the deaths of many civilians. Expand

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. The drama ultimately retreats to safer, duller, more illogical, and more reactionary impulses and stereotypes.
  2. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    70
    Friedkin turns on the juice and Jones and Jackson let it rip.
  3. As mechanical and predictable as a cuckoo clock, it shouldn't work half as well as it does.
  4. Written with such murderous gravity, certainty and gloomy solemnity - such an absence of real life or feeling - that it tends to kill our interest.
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
  6. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  7. The clichés lap like bay waves, from the salutes to the brotherly brawl to the olive-oil tear streaks semipermanently painted down Jackson's cheeks.

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