On Deadly Ground
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!"
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"''I didn't want to resort to violence. I didn't have a choice,'' [Seagal] says; a greater man might have said, ''Make my day.''"
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Seagal the director shows that he has picked up the odd trick or two from the action specialists who made his name, but his impassioned green speeches will have viewers reaching for the remote control."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Just what the world needs, environmental lessons from Steven Seagal."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"This is a vanity production parading as a social statement."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"As a performer, Seagal is singularly lacking in grace and charisma. As a director, he more than lives up to his ham-fisted acting."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In the end, you want a good movie with message about ecology and how to preserve human nature? Forget it; go to a Green peace conference."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers... could have found less preachy ways to express themselves, On Deadly Ground is otherwise lively entertainment for action fans."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"On Deadly Ground is a pip. Beautifully photographed by Ric Waite and handsomely produced, it surely is the most ambitious and the best Seagal movie to date."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A vanity project in the strongest sense of the term, this film has it all: bad acting, bad writing, bad direction, bad action sequences."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Seagal's character -- whose name is Forrest! -- blows up so much of the Alaskan ecology, one wonders why he's so concerned about oil spills."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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