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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Shepherd wants to say something profound about the effect of a deceitful government on human values. But it's tough to slog through a movie that has no pulse. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Deliberately paced, epic and ambitious, The Good Shepherd feels related in tone, mood and style to "The Godfather." show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A cool-headed thriller, and a richly detailed character study that traces the birth and evolution of America's foreign espionage bureaucracy, The Good Shepherd also marks a significantly more mature, assured directing turn from Robert De Niro. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Even with its first-rate cast, current political relevance and tangled mysteries, The Good Shepherd remains as remote as Wilson himself. But frankly, if the lives of CIA spies are really this dreary, they may as well keep their secrets to themselves. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    While a bit unwieldy at nearly three hours and at times slow going, the film is absolutely fascinating for anyone who shares De Niro's passions. show more

  • 100
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end credits roll. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Roth's screenplay, steeped in the peculiar rituals, lock-jawed repression and smug sense of superiority of the WASP ruling class that both shaped America's intelligence community and made it vulnerable, is less interested in derring-do than back-room deals and the day-to-day drudgery of spying, driven by the notion that espionage is a cynical high-stakes game played with people's lives and the ante is human decency and connectedness. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's fitting that a drama trading in classified information would turn out to be such a cryptic bugger. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Leaves you longing for the other, better political thrillers it evokes. show more

  • September 28, 2013 josephljtwrk
    Report This User

    Matt Damon and I will be agreeable that visual performances are dynamically changing. This film was a climatic experience because unlike its previously spy thriller thematics; it had a criminology.

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