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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Imagine David Mamet rewriting his political satire "Wag the Dog" -- in which a president and his advisers declare war to distract the media from the prez's horn-dog activities -- as a joke-free kidnap drama. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film remains, clearly by design, a cold piece, mechanistic and only intermittently involving. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one of those movies in which a strong ending might have made all the difference...But the wrap-up is unsatisfying, with too many questions unanswered. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Feelings play second fiddle to stylized attitudes in Spartan, and fancy style can't conceal the film's clumsiness. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An entertaining foray into a world of spy guys, stakeouts and secret government machinations, Spartan teems with the kind of terse crypto-speak that is the playwright and filmmaker's stock-in-trade. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    If I were in the sign business, I'd produce a bumper sticker that reads "Even smart people make dumb movies" -- and give the first one to David Mamet. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately unsatisfying. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The patter is always fascinating, and at right angles to the action. [Mamet]'s like a magician who gets you all involved in his story about the King, the Queen and the Jack, while the whole point is that there's a rabbit in your pocket. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    When he's good, Mr. Mamet is very good indeed, and Spartan stands with the best work he's done. It's fast-moving, unpredictable, and as tautly, tightly wound as thrillers get. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Mamet being Mamet, the story has far greater repercussions than whether the kidnap victim will be returned to safety. This is a tale of grand conspiracies, formidable forces, shadow warfare; the more that is revealed, the higher the stakes become. show more

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