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  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Initially shows promise, but filmmaker Frank Cappello (the early Russell Crowe vehicle "No Way Back") gets bogged down when Slater becomes involved with Elisa Cuthbert, a paraplegic survivor of the shooting who wants him to kill her. show more

  • 60

    An enjoyable satire is let down by a third act that juggles too many ideas for its own good. show more

  • 75
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    With his Jack Nicholson mannerisms extinguished and his boyish features made up to look worn and aged, Slater also makes us believe and care about this guy. A movie this marginal isn't likely to get much notice, but it's one of the very best things he has done. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    He Was a Quiet Man casts its own perversely funny spell thanks in large part to Slater, whose wonderfully shifty, beaten-down performance is easily his best in the 17 years. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    By the time it reaches a weak, ambiguous conclusion, the movie has gone everywhere and nowhere, much like its psychotic main character, Bob Maconel (Christian Slater). show more

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