Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. 38
    The Jackal, on the other hand, impressed me with its absurdity. There was scarcely a second I could take seriously.
  2. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    30
    Not since "Peacemaker" have we witnessed such a battle of wits.
  3. This remake of Fred Zinnemann's well-regarded Day of the Jackal (1973) not only fails to match the modest entertainment value of Frederick Forsyth's workmanlike source novel, but actually moves into late contention for the title of 1997's most tedious movie.
  4. Sporadically effective, it appears not to have particularly excited the people who made it, and that lackadaisical quality is a drawback.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    Michael Caton-Jones' pompous and coarsely stupid inflation of what remains a superior thriller, Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal (1973).
  6. What keeps coming to mind throughout The Jackal is that for what it cost to make this movie you could probably pay some nice hit man to eliminate everyone at Universal who thought making the movie would be a good idea, and still have enough left over to throw one of those hit man parties and have a really great time.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    10
    The usually reliable director Michael Caton-Jones hasn't a clue how to freshen up such stale material.
  8. 0
    Scottish director Michael Caton-Jones continues to fritter away the last traces of his talent with this ugly variant on Fred Zinnemann's 1973 original, The Day of the Jackal.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 31, 2011
    10
    An amazing movie, a real gem. Bruce Willis stole the show, the character he played was amazing, everyone has a rush of excitement for a master of disguise. We know films and this is a must see. Full Review »