(1998)

Critic Reviews

52

Metascore

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75
USA Today
Snake Eyes sports some of the most breathtaking filmmaking of De Palma's career -- and Nicolas Cage is the one actor who cannot be upstaged by it. [18 September 1998, p. 11E]
75
Christian Science Monitor
The real heroes are cinematographer Stephen H. Burum and editor Bill Pankow, who help the picture keep popping even when its plot and dialogue go into a slump.
63
New York Daily News
A dicey thriller visually, De Palma kicks off the movie on quite a roll, but the story craps out. [7 August 1998, p. 57]
63
ReelViews
Mixed together, all of this makes for a fascinating viewing experience, but the unfortunate ending diluted my enthusiasm for the film as a whole.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Great pictures are seamless; in this one, you can not only see the seams but count the stitches.
60
Cage and Sinise earn their pay, but the story by De Palma and David Koepp -- which strains for romantic glory of De Palma's "Blow Out" or "Obsession" -- gives away too much too early.
50
The movie's coda is completely ridiculous and, worse yet, boring.
40
The identity of the bad guy is ludicrously obvious; and his public unmasking relies on the dopiest contrivance in recent memory.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
It's the worst kind of bad film: the kind that gets you all worked up and then lets you down, instead of just being lousy from the first shot.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Has Brian De Palma finally lost his mind? Ever since "Carrie" (1976), his one true masterpiece, this director has evolved into a cinematic serial killer of common sense.
25
De Palma seems to be trying too hard to make somebody else's great movie, once again an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Would someone please tell this guy to relax?

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