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A top Marine sniper who previously abandoned the military after a routine mission gave way to tragedy is double-crossed by the government after reluctantly being pressured back into service in Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of Stephen Hunter's novel Point of Impact. There was a time when Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) was the best trigger-man in the military, but after growing disillusioned with the system, he disappeared without a trace. When high-profile government officials locate him at his remote mountain retreat following an extensive search, Swagger is coerced… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's weird, thin politics become harder to swallow as it lurches from set-up to set-up."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"It's one of those conspiracy thrillers that keeps on asking you to take a leap of faith, until you get tired of leaping and you just start laughing in all the wrong places."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Shooter is nothing special, but a combination of appealing performances, intriguing plot twists and exciting action sequences mean that we're never less than entertained."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"It jumps from typical action one-liners to political discussions about Abu Ghraib. I mean, you can't have a character named Swagger and expect me to take you seriously."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"If you don't mind watching a rerun of a few other, better, spy thrillers, Shooter isn't half bad."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Ballistic fetishists and anticorporate activists will find common ground in each violent act against political fat cats, but the rest of us are left to wallow in the bloodlust and wonder who switched the reels."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"There's enough unsettling paranoia that you don't exactly know how it's all going to turn out. It feels more like it could have come from the early '70s, when happy endings might not necessarily be right around the corner."
‑ Dave White,
"It's a bit of fun but nothing you haven't seen before."
‑ Drew Turney, Dark Horizons
"Despite its slew of genre cliches, Shooter works in fits and starts as a valentine to a simpler era in action films."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"As the body count increases, the kills become so gratuitous that the effect is numbing, like watching a line of metal ducks get pinged at the state fair."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Gory vigilante political thriller for adults only."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"... the twists within twists become so laughable that you can't take anything seriously... the only thing missing here is a laugh track."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"The only way to watch it without considering it unbearably ridiculous or morally revolting is to focus purely on the action, the fighting, the explosions, and the quick pace."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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