The Assignment
The Assignment (1997)

A Naval officer who bears an uncanny resemblance to an internationally-wanted terrorist is enlisted into the CIA to help stop his murderous doppelganger.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 22, 2001
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58%
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62%



Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A film of real finesse, style and intelligence, an espionage thriller of the old school, with some modern technical embellishments.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Intelligent and gripping.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Stylish spy flick with a surprisingly good cast.

Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

Quinn is excellent in the dual roles of Jackal and Ramirez.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

If you believe that Elvis still lives or that a millennial invasion of flying saucers is imminent, you might buy the bogus premise.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A non-formula spy thriller without the glitz and romanticism usually associated with this genre.

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Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Melodramatic pap.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Excellent CIA thriller, even though this is from the 1997 time frame, its still got plenty of action, and at the end of the movie when the KGB raids… More
Steven Vincent Gee
This film deserves 100% for cinematography for its opening sequence. The movie is worth watching for that shot alone. And the even better thing is that the… More
Deb S
This is a suspense thriller involving spies, lies, and the one and only CARLOS. The film stars Aidan Quinn in a juicy dual role, playing a United States Naval… More