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John Frankenheimer directed this $20 million international action thriller from a screenplay by Richard Weisz (pseudonym for David Mamet) and J.D. Zeik. In Paris, Irish organizer Deidre (Natascha McElhone) assembles a team to grab a mysterious briefcase from criminals. They are never told who hired them or the true identity of their targets. The hired specialists: Former CIA officer Sam (Robert De Niro), former Euro intelligence agent Vincent (Jean Reno), German electronics expert Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard), driver Larry (Skip Sudduth), and British weapons wrangler Spence (Sean Bean). After a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ronin plays like death warmed over!"
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Mamet was so upset by the Writers Guild's refusal to give him sole writing credit that he chose to be listed under a pseudonym; turns out he unwittingly made the right decision."
‑ Michael Dequina,
" enough to recognize and even make a virtue of its dumbness."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Depicts the amoral world of masterless warriors whose lives are filled with unending violence and betrayal."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The stunts make a considerably more vivid impression than any of the movie's potpourri of characters."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Ronin reps a pleasurable throwback to the sort of gritty, low-tech international thriller that was a staple of the 1960s."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"More fruitful by far to take the auteurist view and say that for Frankenheimer, Ronin is surrender."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Frankenheimer goes out, well, if not exactly on top, at least on a high note with this slightly insubstantial but stylistically sophisticated song in a minor key"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"What carries the film is the style, which is fast, furious, and impeccably paced."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Frankenheimer rams the plot through turnstiles of gibberish!"
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"I enjoyed the film on two levels: for its skill and its silliness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As relações entre os personagens e as seqüências de perseguição são fascinantes, mas a tentativa de "amarrar" a trama acaba comprometendo um roteiro que não precisava disso."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Nothing was resolved in the end except for the fact that I hated it."
‑ John Venable,
"It is a tribute to the film's earnestness that we are able to overlook most of its absurdities and simply revel in its deeds."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"All the players are good, so what happened? They forgot that we, the audience, could think."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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