The Negotiator
The Negotiator (1998)

F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 29, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

To the extent the setup allows Spacey and Jackson to go head to head, it's a good thing. But there are other elements in the film that aren't nearly as interesting or satisfying.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's not perfect, but it's enjoyable enough to be one of those movies I might stop channel surfing to watch on late-night television.

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Time Out

A hybrid action-drama featuring the choreographed pyrotechnics of director Gray and a battle of words between contrasting hostage negotiators Jackson and Spacey.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's a thriller that really hums along, and I was intensely involved almost all the way. Only now, typing up my notes, do I fully realize how many formula elements it contains.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

This highly incredible story lives and dies on its leading performances, so it's a damn good thing someone hired Jackson and Spacey to go toe to toe. [Blu-ray]

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James Berardinelli

The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...may lack a certain degree of common sense but makes up for it with plenty of excitement and suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Its a walk in the park for the two leads who enliven this ho-hummer about police corruption and some money missing from the patrolmen's fund. The… More
Alex roy
F. Gary Gray is a terrific director when it comes to delivering action, suspense and thrills. He is overlooked as a talented director because his films tend to… More
Chris Weber
Based on actual events, F. Gary Gray directs this tense action/suspense thriller about Danny Roman- a top Chicago hostage negotiator who, after being framed for… More
Shawn Ewing
Jackson and Spacey are brilliant and obviously in their element. The average story seems to be the only thing holding this film back.
Lenny Muggsy
Another flixter deletion, I reviewed this a long time ago but it was probably too colorful. The length could be condensed but I think it's one of Samuel… More
familiar stranger
When a successful police negotiator is falsely accused of corruption and killing his colleague, he takes four people, including an inspector and a commander, as… More