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Conspiracy Theory

Rated R for some violence.

R In Theaters 08/8/1997 , 135min.
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Charles Taylor
Conspiracy Theory doesn't know whether it wants to be a comedy, a political thriller, a romance or a satire. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
The only sneaky scheme at work here is the one that inflates a hollow plot to fill 2 1/4 hours while banishing skepticism with endless close-ups of big, beautiful movie-star eyes. Full Review
James Berardinelli
In the end, Conspiracy Theory fails to work as an action film, a romance, or a mystery -- all of which it aspires to be. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
It might even have made a good film, but it hasn't. In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
You're set up for when director Richard Donner -- who worked with Gibson on all three audience-pleasing Weapons -- switches the movie from a really interesting, jittery, literate, and witty tone poem about justified contemporary paranoia (and the creatively unhinged dark side of New York City) to an overloaded, meandering iteration of a Lethal Weapon project that bears the not-so-secret stamp of audience testing and tinkering. Full Review

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