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Rendition

Overview


Genre :

Thriller

Release Date :

October 19, 2007

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Gavin Hood

Starring :

Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Christian Martin, Bob Gunton, Coco d'Este, Aramis Knight

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

3 of 5

“..watchable enough thanks to decent direction and strong performances, but it lacks an emotional punch..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
2 of 5

“..Rendition manages that rare feat of being both one-sided and oddly gutless..”
by David Mercier [Film Judge]
3 of 4

“..plays out as a crackling good political thriller with a simmering conscience..”
by Geoff Pevere [Toronto Star]
2.5 of 4

“..only a moderately engaging thriller undercut by a glaring lack of character development...”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2 of 4

“..a reminder that, in the wrong hands, political outrage can be a slog..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Barry Paris [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Duane Dudek [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
Reviewed by A.O. Scott [NY Times]

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