Negotiator, The

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Carlos Gomez

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Produced by: Warner Bros., Monarchy Enterprises B.V., Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, New Regency Pictures

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: crime drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: August 29, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B
Summary: Hey, that was a really exciting trailer!
Standard fare crime drama where super-negotiator takes hostages and the police department since super-negotiator from nearby town to take him on, and if you've seen the previews, you've seen most of the film, which really bugs me. As an action crime drama it's pretty good though.  

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Review by smeehrrr Date seen: February 2, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: B-
Summary: Nice idea, poor execution
Samuel L. Jackson stars as a police negotiator who goes batshit loonballs and takes some hostages. Kevin Spacey is called in to defuse the situation. Along the way there's some barely comprehensible story of police corruption, but Jackson is screwed from the beginning so there's really no way to root for the guy.  

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Review by Mister Date seen: March 23, 2003
Viewing Location: TV w/ commercials Grade: A-
Summary: pretty nice
First time I saw it, I started about halfway through the beginning. Like you said, the police corruption part was really blurry till the end (was real exciting!). Second time I saw the movie from start to finnish. It made a lot more sense and if I had seen it from begining to end the first time, it would've been a pretty good suspense/action thriller. 

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