The Negotiator Synopsis
A police negotiator confronts a framed counterpart.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This little-hyped thriller emerges as a dark-horse winner by reminding us of how pleasurably exciting a popcorn movie can be when it's...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A triumph of style over story, and of acting over characters.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Negotiator, once it gets going (there's a rather lengthy prosaic setup), is a satisfyingly tense and booby-trapped thriller about the...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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From the film's bravura opening scene to its cute but bloody conclusion, The Negotiator plays out as tautly as any crowd-pleasing action...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Once the initial setup has been accomplished and the film kicks into high gear, it grabs the viewer's attention and holds it for the rest...
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70

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
Jackson gives an amazing, nuanced performance as he teeters on the edge of paranoia. Spacey gives a great, toned-down show as I guy who's...
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This taut crime thriller is a welcome antidote to brainless action extravaganzas in which the mayhem is the message, and rests on two...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
When the mystery is unraveled and the frame-up is revealed, I, personally, had no idea what anyone was talking about.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie has finesse, and the actors have charm, but there are no surprises.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The concept of dueling negotiators has strong dramatic potential, but Gray seems more interested in gimmicks and gunshots than in the...
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