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  • Summary: An intense, psychological thriller, with veteran Police Captain Victor Benezet (Freeman) squaring off against prominent tax attorney Henry Hearst (Hackman) -- two life-hardened and well-matched opponents motivated by reasons more complex and personal than the pursuit of duty or the defense of reputation. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. 70
    Hackman and Freeman will pin you to your seat.
  2. Offers the pleasures of a chamber drama's bravura performances from a pair of supremely accomplished pros.
  3. 70
    A decent, smart, well-acted film.
  4. There is undeniable pleasure in watching these pros at work, but the murky depths of the soul can make for a dreary two hours.
  5. Good acting and an effectively claustrophobic mood compensate for a story that doesn't add up to much in the long run.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Not even the high-caliber talents of Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman can save this stagy, ridiculously over-baked psychological thriller.
  7. 20
    Strangely, there's no thrust and parry to this potentially heavyweight mind game. The effect is more like a tennis match in which every feebly contested point ends with an unforced error.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jan 7, 2012
    10
    This movie is a work of genius!This is a movie that leaves a lasting impression that lasts beyond what you think and quite a movie that will go over many people's,including reviewers, heads.You really have to see the movie twice or more to really appreciate the quality of what this movie is trying to accomplish,and does.There is no movie like this that was ever made,not saying that this is the best movie made,it's not by a long shot but what this movie does it does with flying aces making it a perfect ten by all measures.I might be reviewing this at a much later date(1-6-12) and it was made on 9-22-00 but I just had to review this movie because movies I consider tens need to be reviewed and the word has to be said.Watch the flawless acting,story and this will be in the back of your head throughout all your future movie watching.Like I said,a work of genius,brilliance,intelligence,pure bliss!10 Expand

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