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The Negotiator

7.32 h 19 min1998X-Ray15
Heavyweight Hollywood thesps Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey face off in this siege thriller. Hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Jackson) is forced to take his own prisoners after he is accused of murdering his partner.A. Confidential' and 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'.
F. Gary Gray
Samuel L. JacksonDavid MorseJohn Spencer
English [CC]
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Kevin SpaceyJ.T. WalshRon Rifkin
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4.4 out of 5 stars

992 global ratings

  1. 66% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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The Jonathan Ross Rank Charm SchoolReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not worth talking about.
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This film lacks so much credibility. It is very clumsily handled.
To quote IMBd ..."The movie was originally written to star Sylvester Stallone and Kevin Spacey. Kevin Spacey was supposed to be the hostage-taker with Stallone playing opposite him. When Stallone turned down the part, Spacey decided he wanted to play Chris Sabian rather than Danny Roman".

BIG, BIG, MISTAKE. The way the part of Roman is written and the way Jackson plays it there is no believability that this man is anything other than a genuinely honest and good bloke. To illustrate this point when it is revealed that Police Officer Scott ,played by Dean Norris who we are supposedly led to believe is the murdered victim of Romans hostage taking, reappears alive later on in the film it comes as no surprise whatsoever.

The part and the film would have been much more suspenseful if Spacey had stuck to playing the original part that was offered to him that of Danny Roman and Jackson played Sabian. The only thing that could have saved this film was that if there was a plot twist at the end that would have turned the audiences expectations around by 360 degrees. Alas it wasn't to be.

I wouldn't watch this again even if I had a gun pointed at my head and they demanded I do so.
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KwijiboenatorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buckle up, because you'll be in the edge of your seat up until the end credits.
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A good film has fantastic writing - and The Negotiator delivers this in spades.

A psychological thriller - a whodunnit - which puts the viewer in the perspective mindset of paranoia - mirroring the sentiments of the protagonist - assuming Samuel L. Jackson's character can be called that given that he is antagonised by rogue coppers in his police station. The audience are taken back and forth, consitently asking who really is the negotiator in this scenario?

It's difficult to tell who represents good, and who represents evil until the climax at the very end.
Stephen Leslie FranceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
An extreme story of betrayal
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This is a 90's classic.

Telling the story of Danny Roman, a good cop and specialist in negotiation, we are drawn into a story of betrayal by his closest companions.

This is one of those films I've watched many times over with the strange concept looming over me that the outcome might be different. This is managed through entertaining story-telling and quirky character designs - I'm especially referring to Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey).

This is one of those films you can watch anytime, anywhere.
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AmazoniteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Action and Intrigue
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Was the Negotiator framed (if so, who is the bad apple) or - did he really kill his partner?

How many people do you suspect before the end reveal?
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JBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very disappointing
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Totally unbelievable plot, no dramatic negotiation scenes, just a lot of shooting, shouting and explosions. This was like an extended episode of a cheap TV cop series. An annoying waste of time.
Bizzy61Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Saturday Night Throwaway movie
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Great acting from Kevin Spacey and SL Jackson. Interesting narrative which keeps you involved although some of the threads are a bit tenuous. Had forgotten how good an actor Spacey was.
ForrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Good movie. The police is a corrupted institution around the globe.
Ariel GuerraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 February 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Guts and Suspense
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Grab onto something all along the film, its permanent tension unfolds in so many aspects that is difficult to sum it all in one review. By the way the casting is gorgeous. Only thing is some psychological unreal or contested theories of truth telling but besides that this master piece creates great suspense in apple-pie order.

The bonus features are ok but not required or even enjoyable... in my opinion. Enjoy the movie!
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