Conspiracy Theory
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Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a New York City cab driver who seems to have absorbed every bit of crackpot information passed along as "suppressed news" that's surfaced on talk radio or the Internet in the past 20 years. Anti-United Nations militia men who are actually U.N. operatives? NASA scientists engineering earthquakes? Oliver Stone's secret life as a government agent discrediting conspiracy theorists? Jerry's heard 'em all and believes most of them, and even publishes his own journal of forbidden information, with a subscription list that now totals five… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Donner directs with an efficient hand. He keeps the action moving briskly. But most important for this format, he knows how to slip in a quick joke or two without detracting from the tension of the suspenseful plot."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...the strong impact that Gibson makes as damaged goods is diluted by selling Jerry as cute and redeemable."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a marginally engrossing thriller that ultimately comes off as something of a disappointment..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"If you've ever questioned Gibson's appeal, this serio-comic thriller offers 135 minutes of persuasive evidence as to why he's become one of the world's most reliable box-office draws."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"I guess a Julia Roberts fetish can't overcome a crummy script and bad production values after all."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The film starts to sour after 20 minutes..."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Two-thirds of a fine comedy of paranoia."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...even at two hours and 15 minutes, Conspiracy Theory is fast-paced and exciting, effectively mixing drama, comedy, ingenuity, suspense, revelation and a heartening sense of a triumph of humanity."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"The action gets tiresome early, and the inspiration-starved script shamelessly lifts key plot elements from The Parallax View and Manchurian Candidate."
‑ , E! Online
"...more long-winded than cunningly elaborate, more simplistic than elegantly simple, and more nonsensical than anything else."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Unfortunately, the parts of the movie that are truly good are buried beneath the deadening layers of thriller cliches and an unconvincing love story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"About a truth seeker who has a difficult time figuring out who to trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing multiple roles."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Parece que se tornou uma especialidade de Hollywood transformar idéias boas, criativas, em filmes de perseguição constante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
" uneasy mix of laughs and thrills; suspense and soap."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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