75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Matthew Michael Carnahan's caffeinated script isn't much concerned with balance, but it gets some anyway, from the resonant images of culture clash that Berg catches on the fly and a remarkable performance from Ashraf Barhom.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Though its violence is searing and brutal, the film, about four FBI agents investigating a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, shows a conscience and a brain, and if it explains things a bit simplistically at times, so much the better.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Berg has an excellent eye for violent extravaganza and the action - especially a 10-15 minute set piece midway through - is as cleansing as a high colonic.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Ultimately, this jingo-bingo action thriller squarely hits its target, then delivers a delayed-action message contrary to everything that has preceded it. Berg heroizes the plucky Americans, but in the closing scenes of his ripping action flick, sucker-punches them. It's as if this populist Syriana frags itself.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie ends on a plaintive can’t-we-all-get-along note, but at heart it’s a Charles Bronson flick. It mashes the revenge button the real world won’t let us push.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Director Peter Berg's frenetic style heightens tension and a sense of disorientation. But some will find its chaotic quality dizzying and off-putting.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Berg's movie is no more than an action movie with an exotic backdrop. That would be fine, if only the movie were more exciting. It succeeds neither as a pointed political commentary nor as a taut thriller.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Kingdom comes down to a police procedural, and one whose procedures prove none too interesting.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The opening is spectacular, but the rest is fairly routine.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
So shameless is The Kingdom, ignoring consequence and treating its audience like cash-dispensing machines with buttons to be pushed rather than thinking individuals willing to consider the reality of America's entanglement with the Middle East.
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56 out of 100
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