Reluctantly pressed into service again, a former military sniper (Mark Wahlberg) plots revenge against his powerful foes after being betrayed and wounded.
" A chase movie and a pretty crafty thriller, Shooter owes a lot to Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor. "
" It features a gritty, macho performance by Mark Wahlberg, stinging political commentary and more 'Here's how you do that' moments than the complete MacGuyver collection on DVD. "
" It may not qualify as a masterpiece, yet is a masterful thriller nonetheless. "
" Shooter is an honorable rather than exceptional addition to the canon. "
" Shooter won't win any Oscars, but it has blood and brains, and even some heart. They're splattered all over the screen. "
" 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. "
" This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era. "
" Though much of the action in Shooter is beautifully photographed, the movie's force is as a blunt instrument of metaphor. "
" [A] competent if uninspired action thriller. "
" Ballistic fetishists and anticorporate activists will find common ground in each violent act against political fat cats, but the rest of us are left to wallow in the bloodlust and wonder who switched the reels. "
" Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance. "
" It's best to turn your brain off, half an hour in. "
" It's one of those conspiracy thrillers that keeps on asking you to take a leap of faith, until you get tired of leaping and you just start laughing in all the wrong places. "
" Shooter eventually gets in its own way by hitting things too hard, too loud and too long. "
" The crushing two-hour-plus running time and Tom Clancy-for-dummies plot sabotage the film, which becomes particularly ridiculous in the last 30 minutes. "
" The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished. "
" The film's weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up. "
" The plot is so dense and cockamamie, trying to follow it isn't worth the bother. "
" Though the movie has some mild pretensions to rank with great paranoia films like Three Days of the Condor, mostly it's content to deliver Salisbury steak-and-mashed-potatoes action. "
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