Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is a New York City cab driver who seems to have absorbed every bit of crackpot information passed along as "suppressed news" that's surfaced on talk radio or the Internet in the past 20 years.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 8, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 30, 1997
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Donner directs with an efficient hand. He keeps the action moving briskly. But most important for this format, he knows how to slip in a quick joke or two without detracting from the tension of the suspenseful plot.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

...the strong impact that Gibson makes as damaged goods is diluted by selling Jerry as cute and redeemable.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a marginally engrossing thriller that ultimately comes off as something of a disappointment...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The film starts to sour after 20 minutes...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

In the hands of stars in denial about their stardom and a director who can't be bothered to take things seriously, it has come out implausible and unsatisfying, a comic thriller that is not especially funny or thrilling.

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Rob Gonsalves

Two-thirds of a fine comedy of paranoia.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

...more long-winded than cunningly elaborate, more simplistic than elegantly simple, and more nonsensical than anything else.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

En route to this cynical fade-out, Conspiracy Theory does show off enough glossy style ... and incidental cleverness to keep viewers largely hooked.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

About a truth seeker who has a difficult time figuring out who to trust in a world where everyone seems to be playing multiple roles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Gibson and Roberts, throw in patrick stewart and the movie should have been a lot better. Decent movie but just okay.
Lady D'arbanville
Whilst Mel Gibson's performance is ridiculously over the top, the storyline is of interest as a paranoia/conspiracy film. In real terms, the storyline… More
Kevin M. Williams
Stilted offering that's opener is that we accept Gibson's lunatic fringe wackjob taxicab driver as a nice guy. Doesn't materialize. I found… More
xGary Xx
Paranoid cab driver Mel Gibson becomes the target for government spooks when one of his many bizarre conspiracy theories turns out to be true. The team that… More
Jens S.
Another outstanding collaboration of the "Lethal Weapon" dream team Gibson and Donner, creating a funny, enthralling and exciting conspiracy thriller… More
Dean King
It's an ok thriller, a little too long and not as clever as it maybe hoped. A strong cast line up raises it a bit above average and the story is ok and… More