(2005)

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Metascore

Based on 17 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Christian Slater and Selma Blair head a solid cast that Harvey Kahn directs with cool efficiency as the tension steadily rises with every passing minute.
70
L.A. Weekly
Although the dialogue initially flakes with awkward exposition, writer Ruth Epstein and director Harvey Kahn have fashioned a riveting thriller full of good scares and learned, muckraking insight into the global labyrinth of oil and politics.
60
Variety
Never entirely convincing yet always watchable.
60
The New York Times
It's when The Deal leaves the corporate offices behind that the story turns into a bogus, convoluted mess. Once the Russian mafia, personified by Angie Harmon playing an evil seductress with a terrible Russian accent, rears its head, the ballgame is over.
50
The A.V. Club
If Epstein and Kahn's plot mechanics were as fresh as the headlines from which they borrow, they might have been on to something.
50
The subject is intriguing even if the dialogue is stilted and the acting is uneven.
50
The film might have worked as a taut, topical corporate intrigue thriller; instead, for all its ambition, it's just a routine mystery, despite a solid performance by Christian Slater.
50
Shot largely in Toronto and cast with the best of the B-list, this film has the low-rent gloss of a made-for-cable thriller.
25
New York Post
A flat, would-be thriller pausing briefly on its journey to video stores.
10
If Slater were a bigger star, this self-serving vehicle would have been a hoot, a surefire DVD attraction for any Camp Night in the living room, not to mention a shoo-in for one of the 10 worst movies of 2005.

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