Shooter

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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 239 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 239

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  1. AKing
    Apr 6, 2007
    2
    Overlong gun advertisement about a murderer getting caught up with some other murderers and doing some murdering. Quite disgusting.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    3
    Comment un réalisateur comme Antoine Fuqua, qui a pu pondre une merveille avec Training Day, peut-il descendre aussi bas dans la sobriété? Car oui, Shooter est un film "trop" classique, qui n'a pas peur d'user jusqu'au bout des personnages et des clihés mille fois vues, sans pour autant révolutionner quoi que ce soit dans leComment un réalisateur comme Antoine Fuqua, qui a pu pondre une merveille avec Training Day, peut-il descendre aussi bas dans la sobriété? Car oui, Shooter est un film "trop" classique, qui n'a pas peur d'user jusqu'au bout des personnages et des clihés mille fois vues, sans pour autant révolutionner quoi que ce soit dans le genre "film d'action de série B". Et le pire, c'est que le film se prend trop au sérieux pour être véritablement intéressant. A la limite, un bon nanar avec Stallone ou Van Damme passe bien... Non, franchement, Shooter est un banal divertissement qui se laisse regarder (faut quand même le reconnaître), mais qui n'est ni réussi, ni efficace, ni mémorable! Expand
  3. MarcoPolo
    Mar 24, 2007
    3
    It's very amazing how one day Mark Wahberg is up for an Academy Award for The Departed, and the next, he's the star of this poorly executed, mind bogglingly bad hybrid of Kennan Wyan's' (laughably bad) Most Wanted or Sly's (underrated) First Blood. It's almost as if any Oscar winner (or nominee) has a clause in their contracts to be the star vehicle in a It's very amazing how one day Mark Wahberg is up for an Academy Award for The Departed, and the next, he's the star of this poorly executed, mind bogglingly bad hybrid of Kennan Wyan's' (laughably bad) Most Wanted or Sly's (underrated) First Blood. It's almost as if any Oscar winner (or nominee) has a clause in their contracts to be the star vehicle in a stupid movie to somehow dull their gold plated star status. But in Antoine Fuqua's latest movie the Shooter, any attempt to reclaim the success of his waaay better Training Day is moot. It goes without saying that he and the rest of the cast and crew have failed misarably at bringing something new to the table. Unfortunately a plot as bad as the one in the Shooter ultimately fails to redeem the potential of what may have been. The action sets (barely) contain a glimmer of a good movie much in the vein of Matt damon's Bourne series, but those films had good scripts and were believable to a point. In the Shooter however, it's safe to say that while things go kablloey and many guns are fired, that the screenwriter's made sure to forgo plot and just spoon feed the audience's thirst for loud bangs and jump start plot twists. Cliche'd to the point of self parody and way too self referential for its own good, this Shooter misses the mark completely and may just be one of the worst action movies in recent memory. Collapse
  4. CraigA.
    Mar 28, 2007
    1
    While it makes some attempts to appeal to any Liberals in the audience (who've probably wandered in to the wrong screen while looking for Pan's Labyrinth) by being all "current" and mumbling about Abu Ghraib and Donald Rumsfeld, this film is basically an 80's-style, one-man-army, things-blowing-up, murder-a-thon straight out of Arnie's back catalogue. The moral message While it makes some attempts to appeal to any Liberals in the audience (who've probably wandered in to the wrong screen while looking for Pan's Labyrinth) by being all "current" and mumbling about Abu Ghraib and Donald Rumsfeld, this film is basically an 80's-style, one-man-army, things-blowing-up, murder-a-thon straight out of Arnie's back catalogue. The moral message behind it is "justice = a bullet". But isn't that what got us into trouble in the first place? Thinking that the ills of society (ours or Iraq's) can be solve with a bullet or a noose? Everything is on show here: gun-worship, violence against women, legitimate torture... Wahlberg disappoints as an unconvincing hillbilly called Bob Lee Swagger (for crying out loud) out to murder his way to the top of a conspiracy - and then what? The film stops. What have we learned? That yanks love guns? But we knew that already. It's not the edgy political thriller it seems to be in the trailer. Its a blood-soaked nihilistic explosion-fest aimed at frat-boys. Expand
  5. BruceC
    Jul 9, 2007
    3
    Formulaic pap. How NOT to treat a decent writer's work in transforming to celluloid. We all knew what was going to happen 10 minutes into the movie. Team America, anyone? Oh, and has Danny Glover had a stroke? WHAT was with his diction?
  6. 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. Shooter is no hero, he has issues.
  7. JoyceC.
    Oct 5, 2007
    0
    A letdown by serious concept, and a hugely boring adventure.
  8. Frank
    Apr 9, 2007
    3
    Silly ending and also legally inaccurate. Why such a violent ending? If Gov't contractors commit illegal acts they are subject to U.S. laws contrary to what the U.S. Attorney General said (note: Iraq). The movie would have been better to reveal what really happened to CNN and then let justice take its course.
  9. Jany&JasonY.
    Mar 18, 2007
    3
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  10. Jan 9, 2014
    3
    Very rarely where a film tries to copy the Jason Bourne franchise and fail. It follows the framed person trying to clear his name, and then turns into a complete mess, filled with uninteresting politics and how the government is corrupted. Compare to the Bourne series, it's pretty tame. It goes for adding plot elements that even re-watching it, it will still leave you confused. The actionVery rarely where a film tries to copy the Jason Bourne franchise and fail. It follows the framed person trying to clear his name, and then turns into a complete mess, filled with uninteresting politics and how the government is corrupted. Compare to the Bourne series, it's pretty tame. It goes for adding plot elements that even re-watching it, it will still leave you confused. The action is decent but doesn't pull any new or tried something that hasn't been done recently. The characters generic and the finale changes the tone and not in a good way. It's like the writer just made things up as he went along. Anybody who wants to see a smart thriller involving the government should avoid this, unless you want to leave in confusion; you better stick with the Jason Bourne franchise, it's done better in terms of writing acting, directing and doesn't need to be complex to be good. Expand
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 63
    Suspended over a deep gully of disbelief, where logic takes more bullets than the bad guys, Shooter still makes the grade as hard-ass action escapism.