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Lord of War


Genre :

Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

September 16, 2005

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Andrew Niccol

Starring :

Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker, Ian Holm, Sammi Rotibi, Steve J. Termath, Nalu Tripician, Patrick Walton Jr.

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

3 of 4

“..works unusually well...”
by Ty Bur [Boston Globe]
2.5 of 4

“..this fast-paced and undeniably intelligent film still qualifies as a disappointment...”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
4 of 5

“..smart, taut, thrilling and darkly funny...”
by Robert Denerstein [Denver Rocky Mountain News]
3 of 4

“..over-narrated and under-dramatized..”
by Amy Biancolli [Houston Chronicle]
2.5 of 5

“..one of the year's best movies..”
by Jeff Farance [The Daytona Beach News-Journal]
1.5 of 4

“..is little more than an ammunition-littered variation on Blow..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
“..is intelligently crafted from beginning to end..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 4

“..gripping and unforgettable..”
by Piet Levy [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2 of 4

“..gradually sinks under the weight of its own sense of mission..”
by Jan Stuart [Newsday]
2 of 4

“..For a movie dealing with so much explosive firepower, "Lord of War" is a damp squib...”
by Shlomo Schwartzberg [Boxoffice Magazine]
3.5 of 4

“..exceedingly well-crafted film..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3 of 4

“..buoyed by an impressive and convincing performance by Nicolas Cage..”
by Shawn Dwyer [Hollywood]
2.5 of 5

“..a total misfire..”
by [E! Online]
2.5 of 5

“..a strange amalgam of compelling visuals and fascinating vocational details forged with deep moral ambivalence..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]
9 of 10

“..A remarkable, audacious, near-flawless piece of filmmaking..”
by Mel Valentin [Movie-Vault]
3 of 4

“..a movie completely unafraid to ask tough questions and not expect easy answers...”
by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
3.5 of 5

“..a complex, funny, intriguing film that carries an essential message...”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Peter Sobczynski [EFilmCritic]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Barbara Vancheri [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Chris Barsanti [Filmcritic]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jami Bernard [New York Daily News]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Neman [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
2 of 4
Reviewed by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Fienberg [Zap2it]
1.5 of 5
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
Reviewed by Tim Grierson [L.A. Weekly]

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