Deterrence (2000)

The world finds itself on the brink of nuclear disaster, with the balance point a small diner in Colorado, in the suspenseful political thriller Deterrence. In the year 2008, U.S. President Walter Emerson (Kevin Pollak), who recently took… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 10, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I got caught up in the global chess game, in the bluffing and the dares, the dangerous strategy of using nuclear blackmail against a fanatic who might call the bluff.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

One of the pleasures of Deterrence is that it does not tell the audience what to think.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A president wrestles with another Iraq war.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Having Deterrence unfold on a single set only adds to the film's artificiality.

Robert Horton

Deterrence does serve up some wonderfully chewy pulp during its generally engaging 101 minutes, along with a certain vagueness of point-of-view.

Michael Dequina

Lurie quickly glazes over one important bit of backstory in the early going, a point that is crucial to understand some motivation.

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Steve Daly
Entertainment Weekly

The plot twists fall about as weightily as the fake snow.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The talk grows tired while the tension, alas, barely grows at all. And the ending is a cheat, pure and simple.

Widgett Walls

Taut and intense. Pollak is outstanding.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
I really REALLY like this one. The premise is simple, in a snowed in diner in the middle of Colorado the president gets stuck on the way to an air force base.… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslategray] "Deterrence" is a movie set in the year 2008 during the Colorado presidential primary. During which, the… More