The Negotiator
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F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by her gun-wielding dad, he's praised by both the police department and the media, and he returns to his usual cop routines with his longtime partner, promising his new wife Karen (Regina Taylor) he'll make it home for dinner… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"To the extent the setup allows Spacey and Jackson to go head to head, it's a good thing. But there are other elements in the film that aren't nearly as interesting or satisfying."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's not perfect, but it's enjoyable enough to be one of those movies I might stop channel surfing to watch on late-night television."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"What makes this talk-heavy actioner work is the intriguing battle of wits between two formidable, intelligent opponents."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"I'm glad Warner Bros. has gone back to making movies instead of theme park rides."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"A hybrid action-drama featuring the choreographed pyrotechnics of director Gray and a battle of words between contrasting hostage negotiators Jackson and Spacey."
‑ , Time Out
"The movie's a thriller that really hums along, and I was intensely involved almost all the way. Only now, typing up my notes, do I fully realize how many formula elements it contains."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This highly incredible story lives and dies on its leading performances, so it's a damn good thing someone hired Jackson and Spacey to go toe to toe. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A boring script filmed by a fine director and great actors is still a boring script."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Though it adds nothing new to the genre, The Negotiator is a showcase for its actors and, as such, is a rare breed these days."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
"The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"...may lack a certain degree of common sense but makes up for it with plenty of excitement and suspense."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Jackson and Spacey, et al, demonstrate that even the most pedestrian script can be elevated by good acting."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"An entertaining, if familiar, action/thriller."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
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