Owen Gleiberman
March 26, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spartan

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
163 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/12/04
performer
Val Kilmer, Kristen Bell, Derek Luke, William H. Macy
director
David Mamet
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
David Mamet
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

In David Mamet’s cryptic political thriller, Val Kilmer, his face as blank as an automaton’s, plays an agent who tries to locate the President’s daughter. Lots of Mamet’s terse look-ma-no-feelings dialogue, but the tail of his imagination too often wags the dog of plausibility.

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