Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jun 9, 2014
    80
    Punchy and confronting, with another terrific turn from Seimetz.
  2. Michael Douglas plays US Secret Service agent Pete Garrison, and his jaw has never seemed tighter.
  3. 75
    It is encouraging that well-crafted thrillers are still being made about characters who have dialogue, identities, motives and clean shirts.
  4. Implausible yet enjoyably diverting thriller.
  5. A well-constructed and genuinely tense thriller.
  6. An unassuming thriller, a nifty piece of genre filmmaking without frills or self-importance. It's a throwback, if you will, to the days of B pictures, when formula movies were made with a maximum of skill and a minimum of pretense.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Director Clark Johnson has an energetic style of filmmaking and a facile way with stunts and chase sequences. The result is a fairly stylish action thriller. We've seen plenty of suspense films in which a seemingly good guy is framed, so it helps when a director can pull off a few cinematic tricks to keep audiences on their toes.
  8. 63
    Director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi (adapting the novel by Gerald Petievich) do an excellent job of setting things up and getting the story underway. Unfortunately, some of their hard work is undone during the movie's final third.
  9. 63
    Ultimately all of the ado about men in shades and dark suits running around shooting and shouting at each other comes to a satisfying, if predictable, conclusion.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    5
    The Sentinel has potential, and at points it makes for a decent film, but overall it is simply too bland and uninteresting to secure viewers'The Sentinel has potential, and at points it makes for a decent film, but overall it is simply too bland and uninteresting to secure viewers' attention. Full Review »
  2. TonyB
    Jan 4, 2007
    4
    Done before and done much better as well, "The Sentinel" is of little interest and even less importance. True, I wasn't bored, but Done before and done much better as well, "The Sentinel" is of little interest and even less importance. True, I wasn't bored, but probably because I was trying to fill in some of the plot's many holes. Full Review »
  3. PaulO.
    Oct 1, 2006
    7
    I thought it was pretty good. The ending, on the other hand, was not so great. Just a mess of an ending. I don't know what JG is talking I thought it was pretty good. The ending, on the other hand, was not so great. Just a mess of an ending. I don't know what JG is talking about. He must either be 8 years old or drunk because I understood the whole movie. Maybe rent it if you can't find anything else. Full Review »