- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Christian film critics poured on the praise for Robert Duvall's direction of
Gerri Pare (Catholic News Service) calls it "a morally bankrupt film. Neither the romantic elements nor what should build to the suspenseful aspect of the crime ever comes to life."
Alex Field (Relevant Magazine) agrees: "The story lacks the one thing it boasts: tension." Field also argues that Duvall's Anderson is less than convincing: "Duvall's boss touts him as 'the best,' but we never get a sense of that, in fact it sometimes feels like the opposite is true. [Anderson] wears bad disguises, although he's the only 70–year–old gringo haunting this particular Argentinean neighborhood; he stakes out the location of an assassination so obviously that somebody's got to take notice; and he uses every hit man cliché to precede him including the token clean–your–gun, draw–your–gun scene."
Mainstream critics are not quite as negative in their responses. You can scan their reviews here.