Spartan (2004)

David Mamet writes and directs the political thriller Spartan. Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the missing daughter of a high-ranking political… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 12, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A good cast and Mamet's mastery over the written language elevate an otherwise conventional thriller.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The real violence, as is always the case with Mamet, lies not in the mayhem but in the thrusting rhythms of the dialogue.

Stephanie Zacharek

Spartan is the same old stuff, but now it's been thoroughly Mametized, like a spray-on treatment you could spritz out of a can.

Joshua Starnes

He'll always be writer first, but for a relentless entertainment with actual with wit and soul, Spartan may just be the best thing David Mamet has done, certainly the best he has directed.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Both technically accomplished and moderately entertaining.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Not one character makes sense, there is no shred of craft, and the script sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old who has accidentally swallowed a microchip.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achievements for him, but it would be wasteful not to recognize them.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Is Spartan a perfect, or even a great, movie? Probably not. But in its prickly irascibility and deeply unsettling intelligence, it makes for a very, very good one.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very well characterized thriller...

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Jens S.
The beginning is nothing but confusion. Sure, the agent Val Kilmer is playing is introduced while training recruits and then gets thrown into his most dangerous… More
Film Crazy
not a very good movie at all. Its confusing and then when you understand the story you realise that the storyline is weak and boring and very flawed. Its a… More
Dan Schultz
Way to convulted, and Kilmer's transformation into a Chuck Norris one man wrecking crew isn't entirely believable. I liked Kilmer's character at… More
Brian De Guelle
Solid action adventure with val kilmer.This being hes last big screen film before driving into direct to video trash!!This is gripping to the end with excellant… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Scott: In the city there is always a reflection, in the woods always a sound. Curtis: What about the desert? Scott: You don't wanna go to the desert. A… More