The Good Shepherd Synopsis
During the Cold War, a founding member of the CIA finds that dedication to duty has a price.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
A remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else.
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By James Berardinelli
De Niro pulls the viewer into the world he has created and holds him there, sometimes spellbound, until the story is over and the end...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
While a bit unwieldy at nearly three hours and at times slow going, the film is absolutely fascinating for anyone who shares De Niro's...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Roth's screenplay, steeped in the peculiar rituals, lock-jawed repression and smug sense of superiority of the WASP ruling class that both...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A cool-headed thriller, and a richly detailed character study that traces the birth and evolution of America's foreign espionage...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Deliberately paced, epic and ambitious, The Good Shepherd feels related in tone, mood and style to "The Godfather."
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Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Here, he's (Damon) the ultimate enigma machine, a man willing to erase himself for his country. Does that make him a hero? The Good Shepherd...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Even with its first-rate cast, current political relevance and tangled mysteries, The Good Shepherd remains as remote as Wilson himself....
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Shepherd wants to say something profound about the effect of a deceitful government on human values. But it's tough to slog through a movie...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Leaves you longing for the other, better political thrillers it evokes.
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wait till dvd

By MrsMarvin
Did not like this movie at alll -- way to long -- dragged it on-- way to confusing to follow kept going back and fourth and just did not like it...

the good movie

By bug138
I'm not usually a spy thriller kind of girl, but indulged my husband. It turned out to be a very interesting movie- very entertaining and kept you thinking the whole way- no focus on violence and car...

Good Shepherd! Good Movie!

By plano movie reviewer
Liked the movie, great cast, Matt Damon solid. Angelina, her part could have been played by anybody, she was kind of a throw in. Great history perspective of the early years of the CIA and the Cold...

The Good Sheperd

By fuman1957
SLOW! and Emotionless. Matt Damon was not the right actor for this lead in my opinion. Wait for the DVD and just rent it!...


By bowtietheaters
Interesting movie. Good acting. It would help to know the history of the CIA before you watch....

Wilson character not believble

By Steelguin
I really like spy movies and I really like Matt Damon. And though I like Damon in the Jason Bourne role, I did not find this character as a believable spy, let alone the leader of the Soviet division...

Great cinema

By movie_thug
This movie is great if you can follow along through the 3 different time periods. It's filled with great Godfather-like scene's and one-liners and provides historical perspective....

The Good Shepard

By goodje
The movie was good, lots of twists and turns, and shows how the CIA got started. It was a little long though. Overall it is a good movie to go see....

The Good Shepherd

By truangelbaby
Damon was good in this role but the movie dragged on so much I felt like I could fall asleep at some points. I would recommend renting this one instead of spending the 2 hrs and 40 mins. in the...

The Good Shepherd

By ehiyane
The Good Shepherd was a film that for me was unexpectedly good. Having read so many mixed reviews I really appeared at the theatre not expecting much, and that is probably why I was rewarded and so...

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Rated R | For some violence, sexuality and language
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