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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 hisShooter 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    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. Unravels a bit heading toward its finale, as buildings explode and characters are forced to explain themselves and their nefarious motives. But the payoff at the end - at once kind of radical and gratuitous - delivers a wallop.
  3. This maximalist approach can tax the nerves, though it has the benefit of keeping you on alert. It’s also pretty enjoyable. Mr. Fuqua, who happens to be surprisingly good with actors, does have a knack for chaos.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    An immediately involving yarn of an ace Marine sharpshooter set up to take the fall for an attempted presidential assassination, picture saddles itself with stereotypical villains, hokey contrivances and too-expedient crisis solutions.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance.
  6. An intermittently preposterous, drawn-out but sometimes entertaining story about an unstoppable ex-Marine.
  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: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 10 out of 62
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    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 recentFrom 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
    10
    This gripping action thriller progressively contained a bunch of perfect drama scenes and used time well. Nothing can beat this unstoppable 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    Good solid entertainment - Decent adaptation of a Great Stephen Hunter Book, Point of impact. The book is definitely better, but Wahlberg is 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
    8
    A great movie that i think is one everyone should see, unless you're not an action fan.
  6. PatrickC.
    May 8, 2007
    6
    Shooter was an entertaining film. It had an interesting story, Marky Mark had another good performance following the Departed and the action 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
    0
    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. 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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