- compiled by Peter T. Chattaway Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Chris Monroe (Christian Spotlight) takes issue with the film's political agenda and its treatment of religion. He writes, "One aspect of Dick Pilager resembling President George W. Bush that is brought out several times is his Christianity. … While Christianity itself isn't necessarily assaulted directly throughout the film, overall it really doesn't seem to be respected at all."
Mainstream critics are generally underwhelmed.
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) writes, "Though well acted, the film, written and directed by John Sayles, tries to keep too many plates spinning—including subplots involving corporate corruption, government collusion with big business, environmentalism and illegal immigration—resulting in a somewhat jumbled narrative which never really decides what kind of a movie it wants to be: a sharp political satire or a neo-noir murder mystery a la
Andrew Coffin (World) says, "What a snooze!