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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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by Guy Lodge [Variety]


“..delightfully inventive, funny and touching and, surreptitiously, a great way of helping kids get a handle on all those inexplicable feelings..”
by David Sexton [This is London]


“..Villeneuve handles conventional action sequences terrifically well..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..from the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst..”
by Oliver Lyttelton [The Playlist]


“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]