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The Good Shepherd

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robert De Niro

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About the Movie

Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro star in this powerful thriller about the birth of the CIA. Edward Wilson (Damon) believes in America, and will sacrifice everything he loves to protect it. But as one of the covert founders of the CIA, Edward's youthful idealism is slowly eroded by his growing suspicion of the people around him. Everybody has secrets... but will Edward's destroy him? With an all-star cast including Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton and John Turturro, it's the gripping story David Ansen of Newsweek hails as "spellbinding."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 167
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 78
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The mesmerizing espionage thriller chronicles the inception and ascendancy of the CIA. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 1, 2007

Rotten: De Niro seems to be good with actors but less successful at stringing a movie together, and keeping it together, scene by scene. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd is a remarkable study of the corrosive effects of fear and power on an establishment insider who puts duty above all else. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 30, 2006

Rotten: It's like watching a fish stare at you from inside the magnifying wall of an aquarium, and about as exciting. – Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

God Father of Spy Movies!

You shouldn't view this film expecting to be blown out of your seats, it is deep, and requires strict attention to detail. I am not saying you need to be of great intellect to enjoy this film, but one of the things De Niro manages to do is bring back a thinking man's drama that is often not seen in today's attention deficit, shoot them up, bang – bang movies.

Great movie...

I had a lot of friends that hated the movie so I had to rent it. I think it is one of Matt Damon better films. It is slow but there is a lot of stuff going on in the movie. It really sets up a great story line.... You have watch it when there is nothing going on to truely appriciate it!!

Like watching paint dry.

This is one of the most tedious, boring films ever made. Great individual elements: acting, art direction, cinemtaography. And all of it adds up to nothing. Matt Damon seems to be sleepwalking. I think the entire cast -- with the possible exception of Angelina Jolie -- was hypnotized.

And thanks, Bob, for the great nude male mud wrestling scenes! You really make a guy glad he spent ten dollars on a movie.

The Good Shepherd
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2006

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