Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. A movie that knows how to pace its audience. Watching it is like going for a long and satisfying jog.
  3. 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.
  4. Efficient, uninspired sequel.
  5. 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.
  6. I like that Sheridan's girlfriend works at Starbucks. Snipes plays the part with the kind of high energy that large doses of caffeine would explain.
  7. 63
    The action sequences were often nail-biters, the lead characters were well-developed, and the dialogue was intelligent.
  8. Who really wants to go to an escape movie and have to work this hard to figure it out?
  9. Reviewed by: David Kehr
    50
    Tommy Lee Jones seems to have misplaced the flinty resolve, gruff charm and fatherly concern that defined his earlier outing. [6 March 1998, p. 48]
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    You don't get the sense that too many enthusiasts are hanging up wanted posters for the ho-hum-ish U.S. Marshals. [6 March 1998, pg. 04.D]
  11. Ironically, the problem may lie in Baird and screenwriter John Pogue's over-eagerness to give us what they think we want.
  12. Reviewed by: John Krewsom
    50
    It isn't so much a bad action movie as a symptom of the greater problem with most action movies: Audiences tire of sitting through the same fitful, unfulfilling formula, no matter how much terse language and gunfire is tossed in.
  13. Go see it. But you'll feel cheap in the morning.
  14. 40
    To make the package look fresh, there's a pile of complications.
  15. Reviewed by: Kevin Murphy
    40
    Generic, uninspired and devoid of suspense.
  16. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    40
    Stuart Baird's new thriller is inferior to the Andrew Davis movie in every respect: script, acting, rhythm and even tech credits.
  17. By the time it winds down, U.S. Marshals has all but destroyed itself. It's gone pffft! in the night.
  18. Not so much a sequel to "The Fugitive" as a lazy spin-off that imitates only what was boring and artificially frenetic about that earlier thriller; the little that kept it interesting.
  19. Going after one innocent man was bad enough. Going after another constitutes a pattern. This marshal isn't a hero. He's a menace.
  20. 20
    It's impossible to find an iota of aesthetic worth or an ounce of pleasure in this sludge.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 18, 2014
    8
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    5
    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. Full Review »