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Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Entertainment Weekly
The drama ultimately retreats to safer, duller, more illogical, and more reactionary impulses and stereotypes.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
But the single most compelling performance may belong to Australian actor Guy Pearce.
70
Rolling Stone
Friedkin turns on the juice and Jones and Jackson let it rip.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
Works splendidly as a courtroom thriller about military values as long as you don't expect it to seriously consider those values.
63
New York Post
As mechanical and predictable as a cuckoo clock, it shouldn't work half as well as it does.
63
The setup doesn't make sense from the get-go.
50
USA Today
The sentiments here are thoroughly semper fi, but the result occasionally works at cross-purposes.
50
New York Daily News
Sometimes, movies would work better if you couldn't see them.
50
Written with such murderous gravity, certainty and gloomy solemnity - such an absence of real life or feeling - that it tends to kill our interest.
38
A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
38
Mr. Showbiz
Pearce is shot in such distorting closeups that he looks like an overdeveloped athlete who's been getting steroid injections in his cheeks.

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