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  • Summary: A ruthless assassin (Willis) has been hired to eliminate someone at the very top of the U.S. government. Constantly changing his identity and location, he is known only as the Jackal. Everything about this hit man, including his
    sinister timetable, is a secret. (Universal)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    With its strong premise, a couple of fine performances and highly polished tooling, The Jackal scores as an involving high-tech thriller that occasionally hits peaks of pulsating excitement.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    It's a good job this works so well as a machine-made movie, because its grasp of political realities is nebulous.
  3. The Jackal, like most expensive thrillers nowadays, knows how to do gadgets, pyrotechnics, underground subway chases and panicked crowd scenes. But except for Mr. Gere's uphill battle, it has only the vaguest idea of how to do people.
  4. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    40
    At best, The Jackal is an uninspired, by-the-numbers action thriller.
  5. 38
    The Jackal, on the other hand, impressed me with its absurdity. There was scarcely a second I could take seriously.
  6. Sporadically effective, it appears not to have particularly excited the people who made it, and that lackadaisical quality is a drawback.
  7. 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.

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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 masterAn 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. Expand
  2. FraserW.
    Apr 3, 2006
    9
    The Jackal was an impressive movie. good rolls for the main characters and everybody played their part good. But Bruce Willis and The Jackal was an impressive movie. good rolls for the main characters and everybody played their part good. But Bruce Willis and assasinators have become a stereotype now ha Collapse

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