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Money and power bring major corruption to the world's energy marketplace in this taut political drama. After a long war between the United States and a coalition of Middle Eastern nations leads to a gap in the flow of multinational oil trading, the price of gasoline in America shoots past six dollars a gallon and both the energy industry and the stock market are walking on thin ice. In the midst of this instability, Tom Hansen (Christian Slater), a leading advisor at of one Wall Street's top firms, is looking to hire new talent to help with his latest client, Condor Oil and Gas.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Seldom entertaining."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"[T]he feeling of concrete, this-ain't-science-fiction reality the film creates is effectively low-key eerie..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Basically, The Deal looks and sounds a whole lot like a big-budget, feature-length TV commercial for Merrill Lynch."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Though torn from tomorrow's political headlines, the story is too convoluted to be either entertaining or comprehensible."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Works more effectively as a collegiate dissertation than a fictional dissection of people caught in events beyond their control."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Most of the action takes place in board meetings, with characters handing each other secret memos or talking on the phone; it's a shockingly non-visual movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is one hell of a cast and they all do a great job with the piss-poor script."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"...astoundingly dull..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Would you put a billion-dollar deal in the hands of Christian Slater?"
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Shot largely in Toronto and cast with the best of the B-list, this film has the low-rent gloss of a made-for-cable thriller."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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