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The Negotiator

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F. Gary Gray

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About the Movie

Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey star in this tense thriller about a hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder, tries to clear his name by taking people hostage.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Feb 15, 2011

Fresh: Just about everyone in The Negotiator is either blowing off steam or holding it in, and that's the movie's chief pleasure. The action is really a pipeline into audience fantasies-of restraint and release, of hot-blooded aggression made cool. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 14, 2011

Fresh: Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: "The Negotiator" slogs on for two hours and 20 minutes, and there's hardly a real laugh or a genuine thrill in it. – Charles Taylor,, Feb 15, 2011

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What's not to like about two masters of their craft going toe to toe? Indeed it's the only thing that makes this flick worth watching.

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The Negotiator
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1998

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