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Rotten: "The Negotiator" slogs on for two hours and 20 minutes, and there's hardly a real laugh or a genuine thrill in it.
- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller
- Emanuel Levy, Variety, Monday, September 11, 2006
Fresh: The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s.
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Jackson v Spacey - what do u get when two GREAT actors square off in movies?? - A superb movie!! Sam Jackson is the Chicago cop framed for the murder of his partner. Facing prison and reciveving no help from his now hostile team, he goes on the offensive, taking hostage the Internal Affairs officer investigating him and others. Realising only his superior skills and training can keep him alive, he allies himself with his anoher negotiator whom he only knows by reputation, to help him find out who murdered his partenr and why. Tense, nail biting and powerful performance by two Hollywood heavywieghts in a superb thriller by a greta director with credits such as A Man Apart, The Italian Job remake and Friday.
- kpn666, Sunday, February 22, 2009
Based on actual events, F. Gary Gray directs this tense action/suspense thriller about Danny Roman- a top Chicago hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder and suspected of departmental corruption, takes desperate measures to clear his name and discover the truth by taking hostages of his own and forcing a fellow top negotiator from a different district to diffuse the situation. The film does get overwrought and maybe a bit much in terms of believability from time to time, but is nevertheless an extremely suspenseful thrill ride punctuated by solid performances from a great cast. Samuel L. Jackson is tremendous as Roman, and Kevin Spacey is likewise very top-notch as the outsider negotiator Chris Sabian. Those two work well together, and I'd love to see them do more work with one another in the future. J.T. Walsh gives a solid turn in one of his final films as a shady player at Internal Affairs whom Danny takes hostage, and, for comic relief, there's Paul Giamatti as a weaselly informant. And it also doesn't hurt to get solid, if typical work from David Morse as one of Danny's colleagues who is conflicted by how to handle the situation. That's one aspect where the film really shines. The hostage taker knows all the rules and tricks, and the fact that he has a history with the people on the other side (who might also be the people that set him up) make this a real nail-biter at times. Having an outsider come into the situation is also great as he could be more trustworthy in Danny's eyes, but not necessarily. Plus, he's got to deal with Danny's department, who likewise don't know or really trust him. Like I said, the film isn't perfect, but is still very thrilling, extremely gripping, and holds together quite nicely. F. Gary Gray gets crap as a director for being rather contrived and cliched, but when it comes to delivering crowd pleasing entertainment, he's great, and this is a film I really recommend.
- cosmo313, Sunday, December 9, 2012