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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the pleasures of Deterrence is that it does not tell the audience what to think. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There's nothing super about the movie, aside from a loopiness that affords it a certain guilty-pleasure cachet. show more

  • 75
    New York Daily News

    A taut and thought-provoking thriller . show more

  • 92
    F. X. Feeney Mr. Showbiz

    I've not stopped thinking about it -- weighing might-have-beens and alternative courses of action, as though remembering an actual event rather than a nimble, superbly-realized fantasy. That's a first-rate achievement. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A triumph of low-budget filmmaking. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A taut, consistently surprising political thriller with a sting in its tail. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The kind of movie that leaves you with fundamental objections. But that's after it's over. While it's playing, it's surprisingly good. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    There is a palpable edge-of-the-seat tension and a number of complex ethnic issues that linger after the movie ends. show more

  • 63
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    A carefully conceived and earnest movie that announces its many points just a bit too carefully and earnestly. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The setting is cramped and the story is illogical, but it's suspenseful as long as you don't think about it very hard. show more

  • April 30, 2011 Braleigh3
    Report This User

    Subperb movie. Straight foward and powerful. Timothy Hutton is right on as the President\'s Chief of Staff. Kevin Pollack gives his best performance to date as the President. One of the best political thriller\'s I have ever seen. The Contender had all star cast and story but not near as gritty as Deterrence-BRAVO!

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