Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. I don't know why Redford and the white-hot Gandolfini signed on for this fiasco, but the give-and-take between them is the film's sole pleasure.
  2. 38
    It's a mishmash of "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "From Here to Eternity" and "The Great Escape," with everything complex and entertaining siphoned off.
  3. 33
    Miscast, clumsily staged and ideologically wobbly.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A melodrama in which the clichés prove more lethal than the bullets.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Redford underacts, Gandolfini overacts, and this movie is directed with the same air of unreality, the same grim passion for cliches, both cinematic and emotional, that Lurie brought to his first film, "The Contender."
  6. Lurie's politics aside, it's astonishing that a man who once reviewed films keeps churning out movies full of cinema's most hollow clichés; indeed, he turns out stuff that's even more disjointed and improbable than the most mediocre fare.
  7. Plays out like "Cool Hand Luke" meets "Attica," and it's quite the silliest thing.
  8. Bizarre, confused, sanctimonious manure that makes Lurie's own "The Contender" look responsible by comparison.

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