The Saint
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Based on the popular novels about that other suave, globe-trotting man of action, this genre picture from director Phillip Noyce mixed romance and character development with dangerous stunts, geopolitical intrigue, and a variety of elaborate disguises, resulting in an uneven stew of a spy thriller. Val Kilmer is Simon Templar, a classy, cunning master thief and "man of a thousand faces" who cribs his phony names from those of obscure saints and sells his illegal services to the highest bidder. Hired by an ambitious Russian politician (Rade Serbedzija) to steal the formula for cold… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

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"A generic suspenser that doesn't taste bad at first bite but becomes increasingly hard to swallow."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Love redeems this profiteer; it also renders him conventional."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Kilmer slips in and out of a series of ludicrously elaborate disguises, some more convincing than others, while poor Shue shuffles through the role of a sexy, book-reading babe pretending to be a dowdy lady scientist in kneesocks."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There was enough in the movie for me to watch and somewhat enjoy it the whole way through."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Nothing in the film really makes any sense, and all the other characters seem buffoonish and arch, overplayed to the point of farce, more Matt Helm than James Bond."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This insufferable romance-adventure includes vague comedy as well as unintentional humor, and its target audience seems to be preadolescents who won't notice the calculated enthusiasm with which it sidesteps sexuality."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Reinvention in the hands of Hollywood is seldom cause for celebration."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"There's no lack of style or pace from Noyce, just the sense that it isn't quite gelling together."
‑ Darren Bignell, Empire Magazine
"What could have been a cool concept movie buckles under an uninspired script and some treacherous miscasting."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"The film works, thanks to Noyce's skill in creating suspense and staging elaborate action scenes."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Eminently forgettable."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"There isn't a contemporary film actor more crafty than Val Kilmer -- or one who reveals less of his true self. That's why Kilmer is so perfectly cast as Simon Templar, the master thief and elusive disguise artist of The Saint."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"The glossy photography is stunning and Kilmer's implausible accents are fun."
‑ , Film4
"Kilmer should have stuck with his Batman character."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The predictable action-thriller elements are all in place, from coke-sniffing, machine-gun-toting thugs to monotonous narrow escapes. The look is stylish, sound is above average, and the acting only as good as it has to be."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
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