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  • Summary: Shooter is an edgy, non-stop action thriller about an honorable and brilliant marksman (Wahlberg) who finds himself in an unthinkable situation: framed as a Presidential assassin. Plunged into a shocking vortex of terror and conspiracy, the rogue shooter discovers the race is on to prove his innocence even as he is pursued by every law enforcement agency in the country, as well as a shadowy organization on a relentless manhunt aimed at destroying the secrets he has uncovered. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Shooter is a generically titled studio action picture that turns out to be a surprisingly deft satire about Americans' loss of faith in their government following the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks, and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  2. 75
    Shooter does what any good thriller should accomplish - it thrills. It's fast-paced, energetic, and doesn't follow a path that seems pre-ordained from the beginning.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Wahlberg could be the actor that action movies have been looking for since Sly, Arnold, Harrison, Bruce, Jackie and Jean-Claude -- all in their 50s or 60s -- got too old to execute the leg lifts necessary to kick bad guys in the butt.
  4. 60
    The picture might be entertaining if it didn't take itself so seriously.
  5. If this were a more serious film, its cynicism about the U.S. government would put it in a league with "The Manchurian Candidate." But it is simply an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick with bantamweight Wahlberg doing the heavy lifting for the preoccupied Governator.
  6. This is the first big-studio action picture with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era.
  7. Less subversive and infinitely less intelligent than 1999’s Wahlberg-starrer "Three Kings," this movie does blow lots of s--- up real good and punish contemptible public figures otherwise left unaccountable for massacring African villagers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 60
  2. Negative: 10 out of 60
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    From the Funky Bunch to action movie star, it's been a long road for Mark Wahlberg. A long road filled with a lot of bad movies, but in recent years he has finally mastered his craft and Shooter is the crown jewel. This is the perfect action movie! A GREAT story, several plot twists, and lots of explosions. Wahlberg was the perfect choice to play Swagger and really brings to life the best intended parts of his character. This is an absolute can't miss movie for action fans. I was truly in awe! Expand
  2. JaredC.
    Jul 18, 2007
    This gripping action thriller progressively contained a bunch of perfect drama scenes and used time well. Nothing can beat this unstoppable curse of magnificence and excellence. Expand
  3. AndrewL.
    Aug 15, 2007
    I love this movie, the attention to detail is extreme. I am a sniper/gun nut/hunter myself and usually spend most of my time poking holes in movies with guns, explosives etc. I could not fault the movie at all on the technicals. This doesn't happen often. The the movie also features my favorite rifle, the Barrett .50 Cal. I would recommend that gun nuts watch his movie Expand
  4. BobC.
    Mar 22, 2007
    Good solid entertainment - Decent adaptation of a Great Stephen Hunter Book, Point of impact. The book is definitely better, but Wahlberg is a pleasure to watch in this role. Its interesting to see references to post 9/11 conspiracy when referencing this story, as it was written well before. Is it an oscar contender? no - but it was well worth the price of admission, and to see a book i enjoyed well represented. Expand
  5. fredbob
    Jul 16, 2007
    A great movie that i think is one everyone should see, unless you're not an action fan.
  6. PatrickC.
    May 8, 2007
    Shooter was an entertaining film. It had an interesting story, Marky Mark had another good performance following the Departed and the action was rock solid. Although Danny Glover must retire. He was awful in Saw and has an equally awful performance in Shooter. If you can get passed his performance you might be able to fully enjoy the action packed thrill ride that is Shooter. Expand
  7. JCA.
    Oct 5, 2007
    fell asleep during the first 20 minutes and awoke up by the sound of a good guy shooting bullets at people that do not deserve to die. Shooter is no hero, he has issues. Expand

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