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The Sentinel


Genre :

Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

April 21, 2006

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Clark Johnson

Starring :

Eva Longoria, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger, Martin Donovan, Gloria Reuben, Kristin Lehman

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 4

“..neither designed nor inclined to shock or awe..”
by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2.5 of 4

“..Nabbing ideas from both The Fugitive and In the Line of Fire, The Sentinel never reaches those films' level of intrigue and tension..”
by Kim Morgan [Reel]
3.5 of 5

“..manages to hold itself together enough down the stretch to withstand some flimsy plot strands..”
by John Urbancich [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
6.5 of 10

“..has a lot twists and shows a side of the Secret Service that really hasn't been seen before in a film..”
by Heather Newgen [Comingsoon]
“..fails in comparison to the last really good Secret Service movie, Wolfgang Petersen's 1993 "In the Line of Fire"..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..enough mystery and tension to make it worthwhile..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
2 of 4

“..a thriller that begins well but middles and ends less well..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2.5 of 4

“..a deeply flawed piece of mainstream action entertainment..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3 of 5

“..a competent enough mystery/thriller..”
by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by [The Movie Chicks]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
3 of 8
Reviewed by Vickie [Moviepie]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Brian Orndorf [eFilmCritic]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Gregory Kirschling [Entertainment Weekly]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Bill Muller [The Arizona Republic]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Barry Paris [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Scott Mantz [Entertainment Insiders]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Shlomo Schwartzberg [Boxoffice Magazine]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jan Stuart [Newsday]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Kevin N. Laforest [Montreal Film Journal]
1 of 4
Reviewed by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
Reviewed by Carol Cling [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Reviewed by Travis Mackenzie Hoover [Exclaim!]
Reviewed by Grady Hendrix [Slate]
Reviewed by MaryAnn Johanson [The Flick Filosopher]
Reviewed by Justin Chang [Variety]

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“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]


“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]


“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]


“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]