Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
The film's tone is set by a bravura opening sequence that follows a single bullet from a factory conveyer belt to its resting place in a child's skull, and by Cage's flawlessly sardonic voice-over. Read full review
A bleak comedy, funny in a "Catch-22" sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic. Read full review
Cage is brilliant. Read full review
Lord of War is advocacy entertainment -- an act of mainstream provocation -- and, for the most part, it works unusually well. Read full review
Niccol is too good a screenwriter (The Truman Show, Gattaca) not to know that Hollywood cliches are hell on a film's political bite. They muzzle it. Read full review
Niccol doesn't always get the mix right, and the tone here is inconsistent. But the movie remains compelling, largely because of Cage's dry, deadpan delivery. Read full review
Intelligent but not particularly involving. Read full review
A black comedy, a character study, and a thriller, Lord of War lacks the gritty, hell-bent hilarity of David O. Russell's contemporary war pic, "Three Kings." Read full review
The film is always at least mildly interesting, because international arms dealing is a fairly compelling issue, but it's never as informative as a good documentary nor as engrossing as a good narrative. It's a hybrid that's frustrating in two distinct ways. Read full review
The result is a dead pile of information in search of a movie. Read full review
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