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  • Summary: A fugitive on the run -- and tenacious marshal Sam Gerard in pursuit! Tommy Lee Jones reprises his Oscar-winning role from The Fugitive hunting the elusive Wesley Snipes to deliver a big-event heartpounder that thunders suspense, action and daring twists. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Like its precursor, U.S. Marshals has lots of action and the Jones groupies are likeable. Though the overall picture isn't as fine-tuned or character driven, it still delivers what moviegoers want to see - a fast-paced and entertaining chase.
  2. Although this film doesn't have the classy quality of The Fugitive, it certainly goes down like an action milkshake. And Jones, one of the most enjoyable actors on the screen, plays himself to the hilt.
  3. 63
    The result is unconvincing and disorganized. Yes, there are some spectacular stunts and slick special effects sequences. Yes, Jones is right on the money, and Snipes makes a sympathetic fugitive. But it's the story that has to pull this train, and its derailment is about as definitive as the train crash in the earlier film.
  4. Go see it. But you'll feel cheap in the morning.
  5. Ironically, the problem may lie in Baird and screenwriter John Pogue's over-eagerness to give us what they think we want.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Murphy
    Generic, uninspired and devoid of suspense.
  7. 20
    It's impossible to find an iota of aesthetic worth or an ounce of pleasure in this sludge.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 18, 2014
    If you liked The Fugitive, I don't see how you could hate U.S. Marshals. The original was one of the only movies I've seen that kept me entertained without a single unnecessary explosion. U. S. Marshals takes pretty much everything to the next level. Seeing Wesley Snipes courageously escaping from the cops and leaving the corrupt and menacing Gerard in the ground after his speech is worth the whole thing. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    A generic action movie, and nothing more. The plot is nothing you haven't seen before, and the 'twist' is trite and predictable. Of special note is the direction, which is particularly bad; often the camera will not-too-subtly zoom in on important plot-points. There is also a cheesy overuse of slow-motion, within-film flashbacks and a score so bland you barely notice it; leading to underwhelming action sequences and a lack of tension. Characters lack substance and seem to be merely plot devices rather than people. Give it a look if you enjoyed its prequel, The Fugitive. If not, then you will not be missing anything by skipping over this film. Expand

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