Spartan Synopsis
Special-operations agents (Val Kilmer, Derek Luke) investigate slave traders.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The patter is always fascinating, and at right angles to the action. [Mamet]'s like a magician who gets you all involved in his story about...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
When Spartan is good, it's surprisingly gripping and fresh, and when it's bad, it's just another overcooked Hollywood paranoid thriller.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An entertaining foray into a world of spy guys, stakeouts and secret government machinations, Spartan teems with the kind of terse...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is one of those movies in which a strong ending might have made all the difference...But the wrap-up is unsatisfying, with too many...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Just cryptic enough to keep you guessing, and for some viewers that may qualify as a night out. But Mamet's gamesmanship was more fun when...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If I were in the sign business, I'd produce a bumper sticker that reads "Even smart people make dumb movies" -- and give the first one to...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Ultimately unsatisfying.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Imagine David Mamet rewriting his political satire "Wag the Dog" -- in which a president and his advisers declare war to distract the media...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film remains, clearly by design, a cold piece, mechanistic and only intermittently involving.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Feelings play second fiddle to stylized attitudes in Spartan, and fancy style can't conceal the film's clumsiness.
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Rated R | For language and violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.
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