Lord of War
Lord of War (2005)

One man demonstrates how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their deadly trade in this dark comedy drama. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Lord of War is an intelligent examination of the gun trade, it is too scattershot in its plotting to connect.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Niccol is no stranger to hot-button issues, but he outdoes his previous efforts by injecting this satire of war profiteering in the Halliburton age with a wicked arsenic wit.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... it's serious, it's sardonic, and it has both a sense of humor and a sense of outrage.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Even though Niccol sometimes puts unnecessary homilies in the mouths of his characters, he mostly pulls off the tricky feat of being direct and breezy at the same time. "Lord of War" skims along like a dance routine.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A raffishly ironic and insinuating movie -- and probably the most sheerly enjoyable film of the year so far.

Nick Rogers

A carefully choreographed devil's dance in which Nicolas Cage finds fleet-footed rejuvenation as a man aware evil can't exist without good, but that evil often wins. This uniquely unsympathetic, world-weary film earns the right to fling that truth.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Lord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

There are the makings here of a really good feature or an even better documentary, but as it stands, Lord of War is not quite either.

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Ceri Thomas

A fine, grown-up movie, half thriller, half black comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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Candy Rose
Nicolas Cage is an arms dealer who is at the top of his profession but when he wants to give it up, but it's not that easy.
Christian C
Nicolas Cage is the worst actor ever.
Chris Weber
One of my friends told me that this film had one of (if not THE) best/coolest opening credits sequence ever. He wasn't kidding. It's awesome. So is… More
Lucas Martins
An criative and intelligent, Lord of War is an interesting view to the world of weapons dealers, dispite some scenes look poorly wrote and that the… More
Alex roy
The Lord Of War focuses on a man who deals in the illegal arms business as he dodges the authorities bullets left and right to sell arms at the four corners of… More