...the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species.
—Nick Pinkerton Village Voice
The busy star (Cage) acquits himself well enough in this otherwise rudimentary thriller from deliriously unsubtle director Roger Donaldson.
—Robert Abele Los Angeles Times
Mr. Donaldson has proven deftness with panting plots and knife-edge tension, but this cobbled-together noir does him no justice at all.
—Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times
Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel.
—John DeFore Hollywood Reporter
The film's tossed-off look and clunky editorial construction are still secondary to the sheer silliness of its story.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
To paraphrase a famous Mae West wisecrack, when Cage is good, he's very good, and when he's bad, he's better. Here, however, he's just plain lousy, and like the film he so passively carries, that's no fun at all.
—Nathan Rabin Onion AV Club