Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview, buy, or rent movies, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download

Rules of Engagement

HD   R Closed Captioning

William Friedkin

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

About the Movie

In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a court of law. Attorney Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) once aspired to a career as an officer, but a serious injury in Vietnam put an end to his military future, leaving him bitter and resentful. Col. Terry L. Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) fought alongside Hodges and once saved his life; when Childers is threatened with a court martial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians during a raid on an American embassy, Hodges is the only lawyer that he can trust, and the case gives Hodges a chance for revenge against the military system that he feels has wronged him. Rules of Engagement also features Kim Delaney, Ben Kingsley, Blair Underwood, and Anne Archer.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 96
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is little suspense. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The two actors are soldiers of hard-headed substance at attention in a field of milder actors at ease. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: A broad and obvious approach to ambiguous material that's virtually all plot mechanics with little nuance or characterization. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: It doesn't have the chops or the ambition to wrestle with the questions it raises. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 24, 2006

Read More About This Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

Customer Reviews

first review

This is a very good movie, the war scenes are graphic but realistic, and the tale of these two men fighting to prove themselves innocent of a violation of the rules of engagement is heartbraking. Samuel l. Jackson had to make a choice during his raid of the us embassy in the middle east, and he realized the rioting civilians were armed, the only other person with a visual of the armed civilians is shot leaving congress thinking he commited a mass massacre. the persecutors however play a little dirty in theyre court prep, this is what makes the politics part interesting, anyways i would totally reccemend this movie to anyone, and it probly shouldnt be R, i saw it when i was 11 and i wasnt that scarred.

Jones and Jackson

One of the best movies I have seen recently. Jones and Jackson truly complete but all kidding aside this is a must see for anyone lookin for a movie

one of the best movies

this is one of the best movies i ever saw and i think lots of people should see it.