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Finnish-born Hollywood filmmaker Renny Harlin directs the suspense thriller Mindhunters with a screenplay by writer/director Wayne Kramer. Val Kilmer stars as Harris, an FBI official teaching a group of trainees the art of profiling serial killers. He takes them on a weekend retreat to a deserted island for some supplemental simulation exercises in which they catch a fake killer. When some FBI trainees get killed for real, the rest figure the murderer must be one of them. Class leader Sara (Kathryn Morris) must try to stay alive long enough to figure out if one of her colleagues is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It was supposed to open in the spring of 2003, but they kept pushing back the release date. They should have kept pushing."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"There's nothing particularly deep about this film -- and Harlin's efforts to jazz things up do occasionally go over-the-top."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"A cool, scrappy B movie with no pretentions"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"More so than any other action director, Harlin is able to take mediocre and often outlandishly stupid scripts and punch them up into endlessly watchable guilty-pleasure gold."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"I came away thinking how uninventive the story was, and how a little imagination together with a quick read from any issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine might have helped."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Evidently, these young FBI geniuses were just on a collective undercover assignment to infiltrate the Melrose Avenue club scene, because their disguise consists of half-grown (or half-ungrown) beards, shaggy hair, [and] insouciant wisecracking attitudes."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"...for all its pseudo logic, Mindhunters is just as implausible as any Halloween sequel."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"A killer thriller exploit that will hold some appeal for audiences that tense up in enjoyment at every fresh spurt of blood and ask for little more."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"the more I think about the logic of Mindhunters, the less I like it"
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"Excessive violence, hysterical directorial overkill and a cast of mostly glamorous non-actors make this relatively short film seem much longer than it really is."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Its every brain-dead move is designed to cover up the implausible story's beehive of inconsistencies."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Somewhat of a self-fulfilling title."
‑ Jim Chastain, Norman Transcript
"The spirit of Agatha Christie hovers over 'Mindhunters,' a suspenseful mystery with plenty of suspects to keep viewers guessing about the identity of a serial killer."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Harlin treads a line between well-orchestrated suspense and death porn, even underlining his carnage with anti-smoking and anti-gun messages."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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