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Rated R · 2h 2m
A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or "ronin," and gives them the thorny task of recovering the case. The all star cast includes Robert De Niro, Sean Bean, and Stellan Skarsgård.
Film Threat by
The concept is intriguing and the car chases are pure adrenaline.
Dallas Observer by
As is common in a Frankenheimer picture, the plot lines get a bit tangled in Ronin, but the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.
Ronin manages to remain focused on the plot and the characters, even while staging increasingly complicated pyrotechnic set pieces and offering its share of white-knuckle moments.
L.A. Weekly by
A film in which the mechanics of the plot are far less interesting, and vital, then the interior landscape of men who exist outside the law.
Austin Chronicle by
It remains head and shoulders above what little competition there is by virtue of its stellar casting, editing, and above all, Frankenheimer's fluid, explosive direction.
Washington Post by
Although laced with adrenaline and flavored with noirish seasoning, John Frankenheimer's Ronin is a disappointingly conventional thriller.
San Francisco Chronicle by
Ronin eventually becomes tiresome, but the pairing of De Niro and Reno never gets old.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by
What an impeccably crafted film this is -- slightly impoverished in theme, perhaps, but so rich everywhere else that it seems rude to notice.
Chicago Sun-Times by
I enjoyed the film on two levels: for its skill and its silliness.
Harry Angel has been hired in search for the truth. Pray he doesn't find it.
It's not how you play the game. It's how the game plays you.
He frees hostages for a living. Now he's taking hostages to survive.