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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If there's a small saving grace to this crude thriller, it is the work of Montreal-born director Christian Duguay, who shows flashes of real flare."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A film of real finesse, style and intelligence, an espionage thriller of the old school, with some modern technical embellishments."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The plot raises the keenly important question of whether professionals who fight evil may be corrupted by the ruthless means they employ; but the movie takes too much pleasure in sensationalistic digressions to explore this issue very thoroughly."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Quinn gives a commanding performance as both Ramirez and Carlos."
‑ Glenn Slavin, Film Journal International
"The assignment, should you choose to accept it, does pay off in potent thrills."
‑ , E! Online
"Intelligent and gripping."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stylish spy flick with a surprisingly good cast."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Quinn is excellent in the dual roles of Jackal and Ramirez."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"A mediocre action-thriller combination that revolves around a preposterous plan for the same reason that most pot-boilers do; it's just the nature of the beast."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
"An intelligent, imaginative bit a fiction about suggesting one way the killer may have been captured."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"If you believe that Elvis still lives or that a millennial invasion of flying saucers is imminent, you might buy the bogus premise."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A non-formula spy thriller without the glitz and romanticism usually associated with this genre."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Melodramatic pap."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A spy thriller with no thrills, no doubt an interesting cinematic gambit but not one we'd recommend."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Great premise is executed with enough style and thrills to keep the piece interesting throughout its close to two-hour runtime."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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