The Assignment
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In this drama, a naval officer named Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) is vacationing in Israel when he's arrested and questioned by Israeli agents, led by Amos (Ben Kingsley). Unknown to Annibal, he bears a striking resemblance to Carlos Sanchez (also played by Aidan Quinn), a famous and feared international terrorist wanted in several nations. Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) is a CIA operative who witnessed one of Sanchez's most brutal attacks in the 1970s and is obsessed with bringing him to justice. Shaw persuades Ramirez to join his team and to pose as Sanchez, convincing the nations… More

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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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