'Shooter' Critic Reviews

82%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
48%
Rotten Tomatoes:   153 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    The ultimate crime of this paranoid enemy-of-the-state pulp, directed with more style than brains by Antoine Fuqua, is how dull it is.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Muscles bulge and heads explode in this thoroughly reprehensible, satisfyingly violent entertainment about men and guns and things that go boom.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The cinematic equivalent of one of those chunky special-forces-porn airport novels.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Scott Eyman Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's a story that can be transplanted from genre to genre, because we never grow tired of it, which is to say that it fits snugly into the paranoid drift of American movies, and the value we place on one honest man with a gun.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    A stylish but essentially businesslike smash-and-crasher.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    The plot is so dense and cockamamie, trying to follow it isn't worth the bother.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Shooter's covert intent could have been satire. Overtly, though, it's definitely about shooting, betrayal and shooting. In that order.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    A sleek, scattershot and vigorously incoherent vigilante flick that assumes the high ground just long enough to slay every corrupt dirt-ball in its path.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    Director Antoine Fuqua knows how to stage and shoot scenes of violence and chaos so that they build without ever bubbling over into absurdity.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Shooter boasts a likable hero and the possibility of a sequel, and Hollywood rarely asks for a more storybook ending than that.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    While it's fast-paced and often something of a nail-biter, Shooter doesn't really pay off, other than merely give us a lot of action, merely for action's sake.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    For years Wahlberg has been turning into a real actor, and if he ever gets the action hero role he deserves, we'll let you know.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The story is often ridiculous, but director Antoine Fuqua provides plenty of fun distractions, including an evil Russian in a wheelchair, a conniving U.S. senator, and a heroine who favors tank tops.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    A chase movie and a pretty crafty thriller, Shooter owes a lot to Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A high-caliber action movie that gives '70s revenge fantasies a contemporary spin.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Begins with a semblance of rationality, then flies off the rails, plunging into a series of bloody shootouts and pointless explosions.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Its skeptical, disillusioned take on big government and official deceptions should strike a vibrant chord with a wide range of audiences.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Though the movie has some mild pretensions to rank with great paranoia films like Three Days of the Condor, mostly it's content to deliver Salisbury steak-and-mashed-potatoes action.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It features a gritty, macho performance by Mark Wahlberg, stinging political commentary and more 'Here's how you do that' moments than the complete MacGuyver collection on DVD.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It may not qualify as a masterpiece, yet is a masterful thriller nonetheless.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Like most modern action films, Shooter is too explicit, more interested in mayhem than motive.
    Full Review » 7 years ago