Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement (2000)

In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a court of law. Attorney Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) once aspired to a career as an officer, but a serious injury in Vietnam put an end to his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 10, 2000
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36%
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55%



Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The script is unconvincing and the courtroom action is unegaging.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At the end we have a film that attacks its central issue from all sides and has a collision in the middle.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What distinguishes Rules is its use of xenophobia to bolster its legal arguments, and presumably tap audience's deep-seated prejudices.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Something is missing

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Rules of Engagement never engages us.

Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com

At its best, Rules Of Engagement is merely bad.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

If the makers hadn't stuck so closely to the rules, this film would have been far more engaging.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Written with such murderous gravity, certainty and gloomy solemnity ... that it tends to kill our interest.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

At their best, [Jackson and Jones] are merely two of the most cunning, commanding performers in all of movies.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Not exactly a triumphant return to form for maverick director William Friedkin, but it's not bad, either.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A mostly enjoyable distraction big on capturing the style of the marines but one that's a little short on plot; in a post-CSI world, I feel like they could… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are old war pals who took seperate paths after a cataclysmic ambush in Vietnam. Jackson went on… More
Dean !
A decent war drama war as a mission is investigated in court to find out what happened.
Curt C
The buildup to the courtcase required more suspension of disbelief than I was capable of giving. That being said, the rest of the movie was quite good, save… More
Al S
An intensely gripping, nail-biting and exhilerating military thriller. Compelling, memerising and very exciting. A mixture of strong court room drama and some… More
Miriam Kline
I am generally not a huge fan of the genre. . . But this movie was really good! The acting was great, the plot was very real and engrossing and it ended in a… More

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