The Art of War
The Art of War (2000)

Ruthless terrorists are threatening to bring down the United Nations. They frame the one man they believe can stop them - an international security expert named Shaw. Now he must run from his own allies and become a solitary force for good,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 2000
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Excessively noisy and overly reliant on genre clichés, The Art of War wastes its star's charisma on a ridiculous, convoluted plot and poorly edited action sequences.

Emanuel Levy

In this pretentiously titled international thriller, which is sloppily directed, Wesley Snipes plays an American agent who gets involved in the emerging relations between China and the Western world, with a shaky U.N. placed right in the middle.

Houston Chronicle

Christian Duguay has spent way too much time studying frenetic 60-second commercials and Hong Kong martial arts movies to remember how to make a lucid tale.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...[features] several unexpectedly enthralling action sequences...

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Loren King
Boston Globe

Quickly falls into B-picture visual cliche, accompanied by leaden dialogue, as it simplifies its ambitious story for the sake of too many shootouts and overblown chases.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The audio gambits are so commanding that at times, you forget that they're just about the only thing gripping your attention.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Sun Tzu believed that becoming predictable would lead to disaster. Apparently, the creators of The Art of War couldn't be bothered to take him to heart.

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Paul Tatara

A disgustingly violent morass of high-tech beatings and killings.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

The film is a too-loud, poorly directed and seriously overedited addition to the tired genre of double-crossing international conspiracy movies.

Scott Weinberg

If Wesley Snipes were TWICE as cool as he thinks he is...this movie would still stink.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Khris N
After watching it AGAIN, I still think everyone treated this movie unfairly. Its not perfect, but I guess this movie did really kickstart the intelligent spy… More
Brendan Nicholls
it has its moments of fun action but the story is a mess. by the end you'll wish you had chosen something better then this
Al S
Wesley Snipes has never been better, one of his best roles in one of his best action films. A stylish, nail-biting, pulse-pounding twist-a minute action-packed… More
Curt C
Some ok shooting scenes. It does have that.
Dean McKenna
I've seen Wesley Snipes in such good form as he appears in this action-thriller movie since <i>Blade</i>.