F. Gary Gray
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Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Samuel L. Jackson ("Snakes on a Plane," the second "Star Wars" trilogy) and Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey ("Superman Returns," "Pay It Forward") star in this tense thriller about a Chicago Police Department hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder, tries to clear his name by taking several people hostage to uncover the real guilty party. Co-starring David Morse ("Hearts in Atlantis," "Proof of Life"), Ron Rifkin ("The Sum of All Fears," TV's "Alias"), Emmy-winner and Golden Globe-nominee John Spencer (TV's "The West Wing," "The Rock"), J.T. Walsh ("Pleasantville," "Breakdown"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Paul Giamatti ("Sideways," "Cinderella Man") and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Regina Taylor (TV's "I'll Fly Away," "Courage Under Fire").
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- 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.
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.
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
Rotten: "The Negotiator" slogs on for two hours and 20 minutes, and there's hardly a real laugh or a genuine thrill in it.
This Movie is Amazing! I highly Recommend it!!
No choice to buy?
Why do they only make it available to rent and not buy? So many of my favorite movies are like that! What's the friggen point? If going to rent I'll go to blockbuster! Get your sh*t together iTunes!
Oscar nominations all around!
This was a great piece of cinema! Beautiful directing by F. Gary Gray and wonderful acting by Samuel L. Jackson!
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