Mad City
Mad City (1997)

Television journalist Max is in the right place at the right time when disgruntled security guard Sam holds a group of children hostage. Max tapes the event, all the while manipulating the story and coaching Sam's actions, and within… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This simplistic and obvious expose about the manipulative power of the news media (lazily acted by Travoilta and Hoffman) is so familiar that it's not going to upset or provoke anyone.

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Michael Dequina

'The media are vultures' is the prevailing point here, and it is not expressed in the most original or interesting of ways.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The actors tried too hard to make something out of nothing.

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Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

Mad City is a waste of your time and money.

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Fred Topel

Compelling analysis of the modern media. Somewhat obvious, but still works.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Has a fairly good view of the Big Picture, but its dramatic details never come into satisfying focus.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a film of mild pleasures and mild annoyances, alternately tired and clever yet ultimately dismissible.

James Sanford

The weak material is unenthusiastically played by Dustin Hoffman and downright badly handled by John Travolta...

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
I quite liked this movie, dustin hoffman was brill and so was john travoltas acting. John travlta is a security guard who gets sacked but he wants it back so… More
Candy Rose
Good movie. John's character holds schoolchildren hostage.
Ross Collins
A thought-provoking thriller that takes embedded journalism to a new level when a TV reporter (Hoffman) finds himself trapped in an accidental hostage… More
Joseph Eastmond
This movie is a tough call for the two lesding men! Maybe a little less acting, and more entertaining.
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Erin Collins
Unexpected ending, but the movie was boring overall. I don't know if it was that the actors were wrong for this movie or if it was just a bad movie.