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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Instead of a scalding brew of mirth and malice, served black, Donner settles up a tepid latte, decaf. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's just a simple thriller whose goal is little more than to keep moving. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts contribute major star power to the uneven tale, but it never becomes as convincing as a real conspiracy theory should. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The good guys metamorphose into bad guys and back into good guys with dazzling efficiency in Brian Helgeland's disturbing, comic script. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing love story. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In the end, Conspiracy Theory fails to work as an action film, a romance, or a mystery -- all of which it aspires to be. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With a plot that thickens like congealed stew, this movie about a harmless nutbar, an attorney and a cabal can leave you lost in banality. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    Though it tries to be different, with hair's-breadth escapes that don't depend on implausible stunts or Bondian-scale explosions, Conspiracy Theory is an uneasy mix of laughs and thrills; suspense and soap. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Not a terrible movie exactly, just a dark, edgy idea relentlessly worn down into mildly diverting blandness by the mega-wattage presence of stars Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts. show more

  • 50
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Taking its cue from the notion that American society is obsessed with covert political intrigues and machinations, Conspiracy Theory is an interesting but flawed thriller in which the wildly paranoiac is something really real. show more

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