The Good Shepherd
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Edward Wilson understands the value of secrecy--discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders. Wilson's acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, and he is soon recruited to work for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA) during WWII. As one of the covert founders of the CIA, working in the heart of an organization… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's watchable enough if you're indulgent of its flaws but at 167 minutes it does tax the patience."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"De Niro seems to be good with actors but less successful at stringing a movie together, and keeping it together, scene by scene."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"As a punishingly ambiguous and astonishingly thorough tragedy, "The Good Shepherd" shows that emotions as human as any errors can undermine intelligence and questions whether God and country alone can be enough for a man's soul."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A isappointing hybrid that's too bloated, diffuse and tedious to work as a regular length movie -- yet has not enough emotional range or narrative focus to be considered a great epic drama."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"publici "Dobri pastir" ne govori ni%u0161ta %u0161to ona, na ovaj ili onaj na%u010Din, ve%u0107 nije znala"
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"De Niro juggles the myriad big-picture parts with reserved professionalism; it's the central character, ironically, that's the movie's Achilles' heel."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The mesmerizing espionage thriller chronicles the inception and ascendancy of the CIA."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Stylistically engaging, narratively murky, historically worthless."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Damn near drowns itself with its unwaveringly solemn sense of importance"
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A pesar de su extensa duración, la película no parece tener un minuto de sobra. El relato es apasionante, y está servido por un actor-director que ha aprendido mucho de sus maestros."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"No previous American film has ventured into this still largely unknown territory with such authority and emotional detachment. For this reason alone, The Good Shepherd is must-see viewing."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's like watching a fish stare at you from inside the magnifying wall of an aquarium, and about as exciting."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"You will probably come away from it impressed but unmoved."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"Seems thoroughly conflicted about whether it actually buys what it's selling."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"In a mystery worthy of the CIA, The Good Shepherd ends up being both too long and too short."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
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