(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Based on 41 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Wall Street Journal
Hugely entertaining thriller.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
This is a rare thriller that's as much character study as sound and fury.
88
No crime film in years boasts a cooler vibe than Michael Mann's dazzling Collateral.
88
Shake it all up and you get Collateral, a movie with only one conceivable flaw: its disinclination to break new ground, though no one held that against "The Fugitive" more than a decade of Augusts ago.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Michael Mann's tensely funny and alive Los Angeles night-world thriller, is, in its own twisty way, a very high-stakes buddy movie, yet it doesn't look like one, because it leaps off from a situation more jangled and threatening than we're used to.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Collateral is a good idea for a movie, backed up by expert execution... It's straight-up entertainment, not something to see and then talk about a month later, but definitely something to enjoy.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Foxx makes what he does look effortless. He's the reason to see Collateral, as he walks into the frame and walks off with the picture.
75
New York Daily News
The whole movie is something of a joke, a feature-length prank that mixes stark violence and shock humor in the mold of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Though it is a far less ambitious entertainment than Tarantino's masterpiece, it has its moments.
75
Chicago Tribune
Really two movies: a taut, terrific, realistic crime drama, and, by the end, an over-the top, high-tech extravaganza which tries to out-Woo John Woo and turn Cruise into another Terminator.
75
Stylishly made, if less intellectually resonant than first-rate Mann films like "Ali" and "The Insider."
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The movie never really gets below that surface. It sticks to the mean streets of Los Angeles without much introspection or analysis. But those surfaces are slick and beguiling.

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