The Deal
The Deal (2005)

Money and power bring major corruption to the world's energy marketplace in this taut political drama. After a long war between the United States and a coalition of Middle Eastern nations leads to a gap in the flow of multinational oil… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 17, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

There's too much of that inside-baseball talk, and too many ridiculous plot turns that require intelligent people to make really stupid decisions, just so the suspense can be sustained.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Seldom entertaining.

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

The elaborate suspense revolving around the toxic mix of oil, money and politics that the media only ever seems to brush the surface, makes for heady viewing.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Epstein and Kahn might have been better off leaving the assassinations, kidnappings and cliffhangers to Grisham and made a simpler, more realistic movie about a desperate young banker juggling deals and trying to stay afloat.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The Deal clearly aims at being a roman-a-clef. Instead it's more of a roman-a-clumsy.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[T]he feeling of concrete, this-ain't-science-fiction reality the film creates is effectively low-key eerie...

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Far from the real deal when it comes to even a modicum of plausibility on a politically hot topic.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Full of dizzying technical detail that only those in mergers-and-acquisitions may fully appreciate.

Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Works more effectively as a collegiate dissertation than a fictional dissection of people caught in events beyond their control.

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