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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Niccol is too good a screenwriter (The Truman Show, Gattaca) not to know that Hollywood cliches are hell on a film's political bite. They muzzle it. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is always at least mildly interesting, because international arms dealing is a fairly compelling issue, but it's never as informative as a good documentary nor as engrossing as a good narrative. It's a hybrid that's frustrating in two distinct ways. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Intelligent but not particularly involving. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A black comedy, a character study, and a thriller, Lord of War lacks the gritty, hell-bent hilarity of David O. Russell's contemporary war pic, "Three Kings." show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Niccol doesn't always get the mix right, and the tone here is inconsistent. But the movie remains compelling, largely because of Cage's dry, deadpan delivery. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Cage is brilliant. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A bleak comedy, funny in a "Catch-22" sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The film's tone is set by a bravura opening sequence that follows a single bullet from a factory conveyer belt to its resting place in a child's skull, and by Cage's flawlessly sardonic voice-over. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    Picture how insufferable "GoodFellas" would be if it climaxed with a federal agent making a speech about the victims claimed by organized crime. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Lord of War is advocacy entertainment -- an act of mainstream provocation -- and, for the most part, it works unusually well. show more

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