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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I can't find much slack to cut the film, except to say that it's a potboiler cooked in an upscale Teflon pot.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Looking back, 1993 was a golden age for thriller cinema. That was the year Hollywood hatched both "In the Line of Fire" and "The Fugitive," the two obvious and way superior antecedents for the very humdrum B-movie mash-up The Sentinel.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Amid the nervousness Douglas and Sutherland do what they can to enliven their warring stereotypes. And now and then, blessedly, The Sentinel nudges toward camp.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A slick enough thriller about a presidential assassination attempt. It is also a rather mechanical, soulless affair that avoids politics or anything else that might clearly define who these characters are and why we should care.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Director Clark Johnson has an energetic style of filmmaking and a facile way with stunts and chase sequences. The result is a fairly stylish action thriller. We've seen plenty of suspense films in which a seemingly good guy is framed, so it helps when a director can pull off a few cinematic tricks to keep audiences on their toes.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Director Clark Johnson and screenwriter George Nolfi (adapting the novel by Gerald Petievich) do an excellent job of setting things up and getting the story underway. Unfortunately, some of their hard work is undone during the movie's final third.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is encouraging that well-crafted thrillers are still being made about characters who have dialogue, identities, motives and clean shirts.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Decent thriller with crisp performances. Teens OK.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes several high-octane action sequences, with multiple murders by shooting, knifing, and explosion. The violence can be aggressive and several bodies appear bloodied (including a man with his throat cut). Two characters engage in an adulterous affair, revealed when a third party takes high-tech surveillance photos. Some mild sexual references and language.

  • Families can talk about the violence that is so common in action movies. Is it realistic? Is it necessary to engage or thrill the audience?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The villains outnumber the heroes, but heroes are mostly stalwart (save for the adulterers).

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Shootings (body appears from overhead, blood on sidewalk beneath; another appears with blood on chest), chasing/running, knifing, explosions (Marine One, Presidential helicopter, shot down by missile); major, extended shootout at end, with President trapped in hotel stairwell and multiple bodies dropped.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman's bottom appears in close-up as she walks; a brief, passionate sex scene, with woman's blouse unbuttoned and kissing/embracing; discussion of illicit affair between First Lady and her Secret Service protector.

  • language false3

    Language: Minor language ("hell"), obscene finger gesture.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Starbucks, brand-stores in mall (Subway, Seattle's Best, Radio Shack).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Ashtray filled with cigarette butts; question when an informant demands a million dollars: "What are you smoking?!" First Lady drinks whiskey.