(2001)

Critic Reviews

34

Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A cynical, savage satire about violence, the media and depravity. It doesn't have the polish of "Natural Born Killers" or the wit of "Wag the Dog," but it's a real movie, rough edges and all, and not another link from the sausage factory.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The picture is more impressive as it goes along, revealing a symmetry of construction underneath the rudiments of a thriller.
75
Chicago Tribune
The surprise here isn't that 15 Minutes isn't a masterpiece; it's that the movie works at all.
70
Mr. Showbiz
Boasts a fine cast and makes enough cogent points that it rises above standard cop fare.
63
Boston Globe
In a season mostly given over to unwatchable movies being cleared off studio shelves, it's at least about something. And there's no denying the lurid urgency with which it jumps off the screen.
60
Rolling Stone
Big, loud and lurid, but no less entertaining for that.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Less the blistering satire it imagines itself than a blustering, bloody, blundering melodrama about bottom feeders nibbling each other.
50
New York Daily News
The Czech Republic and Russia, the respective homes of Emil and Oleg, should sue.
38
Clumsy urban thriller.
25
Entertainment Weekly
Is less an end in itself than an excuse, a jumping off point for showy, contrived, borderline exploitation sequences that fail to tie together because they're not really there to do anything but sell themselves as money shot thrills.
0
Wall Street Journal
If Detroit had produced an equivalent lemon, we might have been seeing the world's first one-wheeled, square-tired car with no cooling system, steering wheel or brakes.

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