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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A well-constructed and genuinely tense thriller. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Director Clark Johnson has an energetic style of filmmaking and a facile way with stunts and chase sequences. The result is a fairly stylish action thriller. We've seen plenty of suspense films in which a seemingly good guy is framed, so it helps when a director can pull off a few cinematic tricks to keep audiences on their toes. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I can't find much slack to cut the film, except to say that it's a potboiler cooked in an upscale Teflon pot. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Eva Longoria brings a crisp swagger and fluent Spanish to her role. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Implausible yet enjoyably diverting thriller. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A slick enough thriller about a presidential assassination attempt. It is also a rather mechanical, soulless affair that avoids politics or anything else that might clearly define who these characters are and why we should care. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is encouraging that well-crafted thrillers are still being made about characters who have dialogue, identities, motives and clean shirts. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi (adapting the novel by Gerald Petievich) do an excellent job of setting things up and getting the story underway. Unfortunately, some of their hard work is undone during the movie's final third. show more

  • 63

    Ultimately all of the ado about men in shades and dark suits running around shooting and shouting at each other comes to a satisfying, if predictable, conclusion. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Amid the nervousness Douglas and Sutherland do what they can to enliven their warring stereotypes. And now and then, blessedly, The Sentinel nudges toward camp. show more

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