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  • Summary: When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day tripWhen a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. However, upon landing in the desert kingdom, Fleury and his team discover that Saudi authorities are suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers in what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol--and with the clock ticking on their five days--the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorists in their homeland on their own terms. (Universal Studio) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 83
    Berg doesn't let up on the tension, even when the action is bloodless.
  2. 75
    Overall, the film is smart and engaging, and if it plays a little on our fears of the next big terrorist attack, it does so without feeling exploitative.
  3. Sensationally directed by Peter Berg, it’s a combination forensics detective movie (car bomb blows up secure American compound in Saudi Arabia--who dunnit and how can we stop him from doing it again?) and red-meat waste-the-terrorists action picture.
  4. Ultimately, this jingo-bingo action thriller squarely hits its target, then delivers a delayed-action message contrary to everything that has preceded it. Berg heroizes the plucky Americans, but in the closing scenes of his ripping action flick, sucker-punches them. It's as if this populist Syriana frags itself.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    Berg's movie is no more than an action movie with an exotic backdrop. That would be fine, if only the movie were more exciting. It succeeds neither as a pointed political commentary nor as a taut thriller.
  6. The Kingdom is a barely coherent compendium of Middle East fantasies, fears and doubts.
  7. 10
    At its core this is just another piece of big-studio nothingness. The characters are so underwritten they barely qualify as types, and the movie is badly paced, bookended by high-ordnance action sequences but painfully static in the middle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 49
  2. Negative: 18 out of 49
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    10
    As I key this the score for this fine movie is 56....can you believe it. I guess it just shows that the smart among us don't write reviews.As I key this the score for this fine movie is 56....can you believe it. I guess it just shows that the smart among us don't write reviews. Good script, tight action, fine acting by foreign actors and a compelling ending make this one of the best action/drama made. Granted the story is balanced and thus fails to present the Red, White and Blue as all good, all knowing, but the balance of the tale is outstanding and is clearly superior to any other movie of this general type. Name one that you think is comparable, then ask how layered the plot is in your assumed favorite. Here we start with a massive bombing and move into cultural relationships, a clever cop/buddy movie, great action, and a story that makes sense almost all of the way. Good flick. Expand
  2. netposter
    Sep 30, 2007
    9
    A very good action thriller that is just what is advertised...an edge of your seat thriller. Yes, the shaky hand held camera work is not what A very good action thriller that is just what is advertised...an edge of your seat thriller. Yes, the shaky hand held camera work is not what I like to see but we seem to be getting this kind of editing in action films nowaday so ....and yes the left wing looneys are panning it for no apparent reason other than to think they see something in this film that is proAmerican. So what else it new. Expand
  3. DougN.
    Sep 29, 2007
    8
    Great action, interesting story and characters. Good humour to between the FBI guys and the Arab handlers. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Great action, interesting story and characters. Good humour to between the FBI guys and the Arab handlers. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The final action sequence really had me riveted. Expand
  4. SpiderA.
    Jan 21, 2008
    6
    This is a film that doesn't pace itself, first turning to plot, then action, then boredom, then ending. It has so many empty characters, This is a film that doesn't pace itself, first turning to plot, then action, then boredom, then ending. It has so many empty characters, so many missed chances to thrill us, to wow us. Boredom- Towards the middle of the film, the action takes a backseat to try and support the weak plot that follows. In fact, the entire plot seems to center around politics and not enough on character and action. If I wanted a movie about politics, I would've watched one. What I wanted was an action movie, and from the looks of the trailer it seemed like an action thriller. In other words, the action wasn't even action. They seemed more like scene to intensify the movie, in which it fails. There are so may flaws with this movie, it's hard to pay attention to it without losing interest in it. Expand
  5. NickW.
    Jan 31, 2008
    4
    This movie was OK at best but the problem I had was it felt like an American propaganda film, especially with the "Kill them all" remark at This movie was OK at best but the problem I had was it felt like an American propaganda film, especially with the "Kill them all" remark at the end. Just my two cents. Expand
  6. JaredC.
    Sep 26, 2007
    0
    Jamie Fox and cast get the job done, while action that isn't effective, dialogue that annoys, a movie that has so much cam-shake that Jamie Fox and cast get the job done, while action that isn't effective, dialogue that annoys, a movie that has so much cam-shake that you can't even watch it. A poor letdown, way too cliched that it frustrates your mind. Expand
  7. Freakster
    Oct 8, 2007
    0
    Much ado about nothing. Pay your money, sit down and be bored to tears. There is not a single character that the viewer cares about. The Much ado about nothing. Pay your money, sit down and be bored to tears. There is not a single character that the viewer cares about. The story is over the top ridiculous. And the action feels about as real as a professional wrestling match. Midway thru you start looking at your watch. And that ending, what a joke! Expand

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