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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts contribute major star power to the uneven tale, but it never becomes as convincing as a real conspiracy theory...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
The good guys metamorphose into bad guys and back into good guys with dazzling efficiency in Brian Helgeland's disturbing, comic script.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
You're set up for when director Richard Donner -- who worked with Gibson on all three audience-pleasing Weapons -- switches the movie from a...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing...
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Though it tries to be different, with hair's-breadth escapes that don't depend on implausible stunts or Bondian-scale explosions,...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's just a simple thriller whose goal is little more than to keep moving.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
With a plot that thickens like congealed stew, this movie about a harmless nutbar, an attorney and a cabal can leave you lost in banality.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Instead of a scalding brew of mirth and malice, served black, Donner settles up a tepid latte, decaf.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
In the end, Conspiracy Theory fails to work as an action film, a romance, or a mystery -- all of which it aspires to be.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Not a terrible movie exactly, just a dark, edgy idea relentlessly worn down into mildly diverting blandness by the mega-wattage presence of...
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Rated R | For some violence