Spartan

Spartan
Spartan
  • R
  • 1h 47m
  • 2004
Fresh65%
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She's missing. When the daughter of the President of the United States is kidnapped, special ops officer Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) and his protégé, Curtis (Derek Luke), are assigned to find and rescue her. Their mission seems to come to an abrupt conclusion when the media reports the girl's death, but Curtis believes the girl is in fact alive ... And if she is, it can only mean there is a far more sinister and dangerous conspiracy originating within the White House itself. Written and directed by David Mamet (Heist, State and Main, The Winslow Boy).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh65%
Critics Consensus: A good cast and Mamet's mastery over the written language elevate an otherwise conventional thriller.
Reviews
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer
Fresh

The real violence, as is always the case with Mamet, lies not in the mayhem but in the thrusting r...

January 29, 2019
BBC.com
Stella Papamichael
Rotten

Famed for his way with words, it's as if Mamet has tried to outdo himself here, but without the tr...

June 20, 2017
Salon.com
Stephanie Zacharek
Rotten

Spartan is the same old stuff, but now it's been thoroughly Mametized, like a spray-on treatment y...

January 29, 2019
The New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann
Fresh

Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achieve...

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Very violent movie ultimately just falls apart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and a lot of graphic and explicit violence, including knives and guns, and many characters are killed. Characters smoke and drink and there are drug references. There are sexual references, including references to sexual slavery, and one mild and non-explicit sexual situation. A character commits suicide (though that is later called into question). As in almost all Mamet movies, characters use very strong language.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:March 12, 2004
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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