San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The picture is more impressive as it goes along, revealing a symmetry of construction underneath the rudiments of a thriller.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A cynical, savage satire about violence, the media and depravity. It doesn't have the polish of "Natural Born Killers" or the wit of "Wag the Dog," but it's a real movie, rough edges and all, and not another link from the sausage factory.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Larry Terenzi
Boasts a fine cast and makes enough cogent points that it rises above standard cop fare.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
In a season mostly given over to unwatchable movies being cleared off studio shelves, it's at least about something. And there's no denying the lurid urgency with which it jumps off the screen.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Big, loud and lurid, but no less entertaining for that.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Less the blistering satire it imagines itself than a blustering, bloody, blundering melodrama about bottom feeders nibbling each other.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Czech Republic and Russia, the respective homes of Emil and Oleg, should sue.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Clumsy urban thriller.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Is less an end in itself than an excuse, a jumping off point for showy, contrived, borderline exploitation sequences that fail to tie together because they're not really there to do anything but sell themselves as money shot thrills.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If Detroit had produced an equivalent lemon, we might have been seeing the world's first one-wheeled, square-tired car with no cooling system, steering wheel or brakes.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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