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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 35 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Suspended over a deep gully of disbelief, where logic takes more bullets than the bad guys, Shooter still makes the grade as hard-ass action escapism. show more

  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Starts out OK, but then almost seems to be intentionally going for humor. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The result is lots of gunplay and explosions governed by little logic. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Unravels a bit heading toward its finale, as buildings explode and characters are forced to explain themselves and their nefarious motives. But the payoff at the end - at once kind of radical and gratuitous - delivers a wallop. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If this were a more serious film, its cynicism about the U.S. government would put it in a league with "The Manchurian Candidate." But it is simply an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick with bantamweight Wahlberg doing the heavy lifting for the preoccupied Governator. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    If the movie only lavished as much thought and care on its characters as it does on each intricate set piece, Shooter might have been a classic. show more

  • 75
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    The movie's politics may miss their mark, but its thrills are dead-on. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Wahlberg acquits himself well, and the supporting cast -- which includes pioneering rocker Levon Helm in a scene-stealing cameo as an aging gun buff who knows a thing or two about cover-ups, Ned Beatty as a corrupt politician, and a Strangelovian Rade Serbedzija -- is so strong you almost wish the film were longer so they could have more screen time. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Shooter does what any good thriller should accomplish - it thrills. It's fast-paced, energetic, and doesn't follow a path that seems pre-ordained from the beginning. show more

  • June 07, 2012 dg00000000125361
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    Re-watched this movie and it was just as good as the first time i saw it.

  • January 28, 2009 Lopcar1993
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    The Shooter is completely engrossing and totally fun from beginning to end. Mark Whalberg stars as Bob Lee Swagger, a retired Marine sniper who after losing his best friend and spotter disappears from site, to live out his days alone in seclusion. ten years later he is approached by Colonel Issac Johnson who asks him to use his knowledge to stop an assassination attempt on the president. And that's where the story explodes into a take no prisoners thriller that will have your pulse racing. and your adrenaline pumping hard all the way to end. I very highly recommend this movie. I hope my review helps~ C.R. Lopez

  • May 22, 2008 centfloridaguy
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    no review

  • May 22, 2008 musicrose05
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    Only started getting good during the last 30 minutes of it.I almost fell asleep during the beginning and middle part of the movie.Do not waste your time or money to watch this!

  • May 22, 2008 guildthelilly
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    The Shooter is one of the best movies I've ever seen. So good in fact, I'll be watching it again tonight. Mark Walberg needless to say was off the hook, not to mention sexy as all get out. This thriller was action packed from start to finish. Hats off the the director. I'm off to purchase the book.

  • May 22, 2008 jelchi
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    what a horrible movie...marky mark cannot carry a movie...terrible

  • May 22, 2008 jbyrnes613
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    One of the most gratifying thrillers I've ever seen. Go see this film. It's full of important themes relevant to current events. Real food for thought and non-stop action, too. The critics seem to be focused mainly on the film's flaws. Somebody doesn't want you to see this movie.

  • May 22, 2008 ksharlan
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    This movie suffers like many Holleywood movies. Overstuffed and full of anti-establishment themes.

  • May 22, 2008 Jimmy
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    Since the director, Antion Fuqua is frommy hometown, I have to put in a plug forhim. He also directed Training Day withDenzel Washington and this director knowshow to keep you glued to the screen. Great film . Walberg was terrific.

  • May 22, 2008 vksdn
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    While I wouldn't say its a 'great' movie, I would definitely call it good. The action is fast paced and well done but doesn't completely take over the film. The political undertones are interesting too, somewhat blunt but they drive their point home.Don't listen to the critics, they're all idiot armchair philosophers who cry when movies don't reflect their own opinions.

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