Shooter is executed with such efficiency and energy by action maestro Antoine Fuqua that ignoring flaws and becoming involved in the proceedings isn't a matter of choice. full review
This is the first big-studio action picture (the director is Antoine Fuqua) with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era. full review
The engaging, fast-talking idiosyncrasy of [Wahlberg's] performance in The Departed has vanished. full review
It's one of those conspiracy thrillers that keeps on asking you to take a leap of faith, until you get tired of leaping and you just start laughing in all the wrong places.
Shooter is an honorable rather than exceptional addition to the canon. full review
Despite gripping chase sequences and a few awe-inspiring fiery explosions, gaping holes in the convoluted plot make Shooter heavier on style than substance. full review
It may not qualify as a masterpiece, yet is a masterful thriller nonetheless. full review
Though much of the action in Shooter is beautifully photographed, the movie's force is as a blunt instrument of metaphor. full review
Shooter won't win any Oscars, but it has blood and brains, and even some heart. They're splattered all over the screen. full review
The crushing two-hour-plus running time and Tom Clancy-for-dummies plot sabotage the film, which becomes particularly ridiculous in the last 30 minutes. full review
The movie's politics may miss their mark, but its thrills are dead-on. full review
A chase movie and a pretty crafty thriller, Shooter owes a lot to Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor. full review
It features a gritty, macho performance by Mark Wahlberg, stinging political commentary and more 'Here's how you do that' moments than the complete MacGuyver collection on DVD. full review
Shooter eventually gets in its own way by hitting things too hard, too loud and too long. full review
Though the movie has some mild pretensions to rank with great paranoia films like Three Days of the Condor, mostly it's content to deliver Salisbury steak-and-mashed-potatoes action. full review
The plot is so dense and cockamamie, trying to follow it isn't worth the bother. full review
A high-caliber action movie that gives '70s revenge fantasies a contemporary spin.
Suspended over a deep gully of disbelief, where logic takes more bullets than the bad guys, Shooter still makes the grade as hard-ass action escapism.