Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement (2000)

In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a court of law. Attorney Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) once aspired to a career as an officer, but a serious injury in Vietnam put an end to his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 7, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The script is unconvincing and the courtroom action is unegaging.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At the end we have a film that attacks its central issue from all sides and has a collision in the middle.

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John Hartl

What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances ... and the capable direction of William Friedkin.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The drama effectively combines combat and potboiler courtroom drama.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Rules of Engagement never engages us.

Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What distinguishes Rules is its use of xenophobia to bolster its legal arguments, and presumably tap audience's deep-seated prejudices.

Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Tense but shallow military drama heavy on violence, language

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Written with such murderous gravity, certainty and gloomy solemnity ... that it tends to kill our interest.

Paul Clinton (

At its best, Rules Of Engagement is merely bad.

John A. Nesbit
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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A mostly enjoyable distraction big on capturing the style of the marines but one that's a little short on plot; in a post-CSI world, I feel like they could… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are old war pals who took seperate paths after a cataclysmic ambush in Vietnam. Jackson went on… More
Dean King
A decent war drama war as a mission is investigated in court to find out what happened.
Dann Michalski
Intense and provocative, Rules of Engagement is a captivating political thriller. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, and Bruce Greenwood,… More
Al S
An intensely gripping, nail-biting and exhilerating military thriller. Compelling, memerising and very exciting. A mixture of strong court room drama and some… More
Alec Barniskis
Much like, "Rampage", Friedkin's direction and the script outrageously stack the deck in favor of a troubling argument. It's not that I… More