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Spartan

action & adventure, drama


When Robert Scott (VAL KILMER) is recruited to find Laura, the daughter of a government official, he is paired with novice Curtis (DEREK LUKE). The two stumble upon a white slavery ring, which may have some connection to Laura's disappearance.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and a lot of graphic and explicit violence, including knives and guns, and many characters are killed. Characters smoke and drink and there are drug references. There are sexual references, including references to sexual slavery, and one mild and non-explicit sexual situation. A character commits suicide (though that is later called into question). As in almost all Mamet movies, characters use very strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the compromises made by the characters in this movie, including the willingness to violate the rights of suspects in order to get information quickly and the willingness to compromise loyalties and risk lives in order to win an election. How do they decide what their priorities are? What is the difference between the way Scott regards his orders at the beginning of the movie and the way he does at the end? Why? What does it mean to say that "We're just two men in green?" What does it mean to say, "You're going to be taking that fight to bed with you for a long time. You don't gotta do it all now?"

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    64%
    reviews counted: 24
    see all Spartan reviews
  • Audience

    63%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Both technically accomplished and moderately entertaining.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, March 25, 2004

Fresh: A clinic for how this genre should be done.

- Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The first hour of Spartan can make you sick with dread, like the first season of the TV series 24 ... The last half-hour of Spartan is still entertaining, but it's laughable.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, March 12, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I don't often share info about myself in this journal, but I go through my phases. You are privileged, readers, for you are experiencing one of them! My holiday weekend was kooky, but mostly good. But, kooky all the same. Here are some highlights: **Thanksgiving happened twice. Once at each parent's house. My stomach felt stretched on a mangle rack, and still hasn't forgiven me. My taste buds were lulled to sleep after that final glass of wine. **Went to a comedy show on Friday. 90 minutes of straight, hearty laughter. Comedians are therapists. So good, man. I was laughing so hard, the rest of the world was convulsing with me. Some people turn their laughter into a full-bodied performance, too! I thought a few would combust on the spot, letting out the shrill cry of their demise (just to scratch the surface of how annoying some laughs can be). Still, one might think that the laughing all throughout the room would suck the air up completely. I was too busy laughing to think, only focusing on swallowing my next breath and how I could cycle it through my system to keep the laughs a-flowin' comfortably ('cause sometimes I laughed so hard I stopped, as if I ran out). Unbelievable. I must try this again. **The Mom figure scored two DVD's for a buck each (neither of which I've seen, but will see soon): 'The Royal Wedding' (1951) and 'The Last Man On Earth' (1964). :up: **Saw the Spongebob film with my two most favorite moviegoing companions: my little bro & little sis (they tend to agree with all my opinions ;)). The movie was pretty much an episode stretched thrice as long as usual, hampered by some tiresome "requisite" story devices, and blown to silly proportions by returning to its usual self. The movie was upped a notch with its ending (which I may sometimes deem as "brilliant," depending on my mood). :fresh: **I am a sports fan. More specifically, I am a football fan. Even more specifically, I am a fan of my alma mater's football team. U of Colorado thumped Nebraska this past weekend to enter the Big 12 Title game next week against dreaded Oklahoma (ahyuck!). Yep, you guys don't care, but I do. :p **'Zoolander' moment of the week: My friends can often be unoriginal and want to hang at clubs and crap. So, since I never see these guys, I buckled down and went to a club. And I found myself being cajoled into a dance-off. A i]dance-off! /i](This was probably the next most hilarious event of the weekend behind the comedy show. And maybe that one guy who slipped on the ice in front of the department store). I didn't even care to be doing it, but I was somehow pitted against the guy who does "the loose robot" (shrug). But yeah, he would dance some move, and then point to me, like we were in the "Beat It" video. Oy. Hey, what else could I do? I danced, dammit. And I beat the sucker (only indicated when he came up to me and told me "You done good." OMG! The Loose Robot told me I "done good"!!!). My dream of defeating the mighty Loose Robot at the club is now fulfilled. You may kiss my dance sneakers. **Last week, at a Mexican restaurant where 15 of my co-workers & I were lunching, a manager staged a 'fake birthday' gag on me. Sometime in the middle of my third quesadilla, strange people wearing employee outfits were singing and smothering my head with hat (sneaky devils! I think I was chewing too loud to hear them coming). So, I wore the sombrero for the remainder of the day at work. And, as a result, I vowed to wear hats every Friday at work. All of this is a preface to me bringing with me a legion of my bestest hats with me back to Cali, including my fez, my panama hat, my plaid fedora, and my 3 foot long santa hat. Hat revolution commence! **Had Thai. Fantastic. **Had pie. Fantastic. **Snowed 8 inches. Fantastic. **Slept in. Fantastic. **Beard approved by the Mom figure. Fantastic. img]http://www.virtual-impact.ca/images/dance-snoopy2.gif/img] size=1]"Do the 'Loose Robot', Snoopy!"/size] Some other strange, unpleasant, and somewhat bizarre things also happened. Those I keep for myself. *swallows key* Everybody else enjoy your weekend?

- michaelneumann, Wednesday, December 1, 2004

3 stars

I don't often share info about myself in this journal, but I go through my phases. You are privileged, readers, for you are experiencing one of them! My holiday weekend was kooky, but mostly good. But, kooky all the same. Here are some highlights: **Thanksgiving happened twice. Once at each parent's house. My stomach felt stretched on a mangle rack, and still hasn't forgiven me. My taste buds were lulled to sleep after that final glass of wine. **Went to a comedy show on Friday. 90 minutes of straight, hearty laughter. Comedians are therapists. So good, man. I was laughing so hard, the rest of the world was convulsing with me. Some people turn their laughter into a full-bodied performance, too! I thought a few would combust on the spot, letting out the shrill cry of their demise (just to scratch the surface of how annoying some laughs can be). Still, one might think that the laughing all throughout the room would suck the air up completely. I was too busy laughing to think, only focusing on swallowing my next breath and how I could cycle it through my system to keep the laughs a-flowin' comfortably ('cause sometimes I laughed so hard I stopped, as if I ran out). Unbelievable. I must try this again. **The Mom figure scored two DVD's for a buck each (neither of which I've seen, but will see soon): 'The Royal Wedding' (1951) and 'The Last Man On Earth' (1964). :up: **Saw the Spongebob film with my two most favorite moviegoing companions: my little bro & little sis (they tend to agree with all my opinions ;)). The movie was pretty much an episode stretched thrice as long as usual, hampered by some tiresome "requisite" story devices, and blown to silly proportions by returning to its usual self. The movie was upped a notch with its ending (which I may sometimes deem as "brilliant," depending on my mood). :fresh: **I am a sports fan. More specifically, I am a football fan. Even more specifically, I am a fan of my alma mater's football team. U of Colorado thumped Nebraska this past weekend to enter the Big 12 Title game next week against dreaded Oklahoma (ahyuck!). Yep, you guys don't care, but I do. :p **'Zoolander' moment of the week: My friends can often be unoriginal and want to hang at clubs and crap. So, since I never see these guys, I buckled down and went to a club. And I found myself being cajoled into a dance-off. A i]dance-off! /i](This was probably the next most hilarious event of the weekend behind the comedy show. And maybe that one guy who slipped on the ice in front of the department store). I didn't even care to be doing it, but I was somehow pitted against the guy who does "the loose robot" (shrug). But yeah, he would dance some move, and then point to me, like we were in the "Beat It" video. Oy. Hey, what else could I do? I danced, dammit. And I beat the sucker (only indicated when he came up to me and told me "You done good." OMG! The Loose Robot told me I "done good"!!!). My dream of defeating the mighty Loose Robot at the club is now fulfilled. You may kiss my dance sneakers. **Last week, at a Mexican restaurant where 15 of my co-workers & I were lunching, a manager staged a 'fake birthday' gag on me. Sometime in the middle of my third quesadilla, strange people wearing employee outfits were singing and smothering my head with hat (sneaky devils! I think I was chewing too loud to hear them coming). So, I wore the sombrero for the remainder of the day at work. And, as a result, I vowed to wear hats every Friday at work. All of this is a preface to me bringing with me a legion of my bestest hats with me back to Cali, including my fez, my panama hat, my plaid fedora, and my 3 foot long santa hat. Hat revolution commence! **Had Thai. Fantastic. **Had pie. Fantastic. **Snowed 8 inches. Fantastic. **Slept in. Fantastic. **Beard approved by the Mom figure. Fantastic. img]http://www.virtual-impact.ca/images/dance-snoopy2.gif/img] size=1]"Do the 'Loose Robot', Snoopy!"/size] Some other strange, unpleasant, and somewhat bizarre things also happened. Those I keep for myself. *swallows key* Everybody else enjoy your weekend?

- michaelneumann, Wednesday, December 1, 2004

3 stars

A supreme, very fast-paced and intellingent razor-sharp thriller. It packs on smarts and suspense perfectly. Val Kilmer is magnificent, crafting one of his best perfromances, playing a character who is dedicated to what he does and does not ask questions. Director/Writer. David Mamet knows how to craft a story and it's characters well. A wickedly entertaining film with great twist, great characters and action. I's terifficly written and superbly directed.

- allan913, Thursday, May 22, 2008