The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd (2006)

Edward Wilson understands the value of secrecy--discretion and commitment to honor have been embedded in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though ambitious and confidently directed by Robert De Niro, The Good Shepherd is ultimately a tedious drama that holds few surprises and succumbs to self-seriousness.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's watchable enough if you're indulgent of its flaws but at 167 minutes it does tax the patience.

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Stephanie Zacharek

De Niro seems to be good with actors but less successful at stringing a movie together, and keeping it together, scene by scene.

Nick Rogers

As a punishingly ambiguous and astonishingly thorough tragedy, "The Good Shepherd" shows that emotions as human as any errors can undermine intelligence and questions whether God and country alone can be enough for a man's soul.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

De Niro juggles the myriad big-picture parts with reserved professionalism; it's the central character, ironically, that's the movie's Achilles' heel.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The mesmerizing espionage thriller chronicles the inception and ascendancy of the CIA.

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Stylistically engaging, narratively murky, historically worthless.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

No previous American film has ventured into this still largely unknown territory with such authority and emotional detachment. For this reason alone, The Good Shepherd is must-see viewing.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's like watching a fish stare at you from inside the magnifying wall of an aquarium, and about as exciting.

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Brandon Fibbs

You will probably come away from it impressed but unmoved.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
For his second turn as a director, legendary actor Robert De Niro decided to make somehting that was apparently a big pet project and labor of love for him: a… More
Alex roy
The Good Shepherd is a film that recounts the origins of the CIA. Robert De Niro directs a good spy thriller. The Goof Shepherd has a stylish period atmosphere… More
Kevin M. Williams
Many spy films depict a life of easy affluence and an amusement park of thrills, but this one is far, far different. Instead an existence of miserable ever… More
Mark Walker
Robert DeNiro's second directorial effort, 14 years after his debut "A Bronx Tale". He again shows that he's as good a director as he is an… More
Jim Careter
I really enjoyed this movie. The movie was a mix of the orgins and the CIA and the consequences of life this man had to make to protect his country. The plot… More
Richard C