Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Sentinel Reviews

3.0

48

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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.

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