Traitor Reviews

  • The wait isn't worth it in this fearmongering, opportunistic political/spy thriller, a slippery entertainment that's all feints and few punches thrown at a fight card of indistinguishable terrorists, Muslim and otherwise.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Traitor, a somber, absorbing and only moderately preposterous new thriller written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, manages an impressive feat of economy.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Some well-meant but fantastically flaccid and perfunctory gestures of friendship towards the Muslim world are the foundation of this empty thriller.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Traitor can't seem to decide whether it wants to be an edge-of-the-seat action thriller or a more contemplative and intellectual drama about religion and terrorism.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Traitor traffics in the cliches of the terrorist chase film -- including the usual stereotypes of Muslims -- while trying not to succumb to outright bigotry.

    Philip Kennicott — Washington Post

  • Traitor offers up one of the more maddeningly, gratifyingly complex lead characters seen in movies lately.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The twisty, turny Traitor succeeds where similarly topical thrillers often fail because, like its protagonist, it plays its cards close to the vest.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Promising premise devolves into a by-the-numbers espionage thriller.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • [A] tense, talky and unusually thoughtful spy thriller.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • A confused and unsatisfying experience with some nice moments that don't amount to much.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • In the subgenre of post- 9/11 films, it falls between the serious, compelling Syriana and the slighter, action-packed Vantage Point.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The filmmakers, I think, got in over their heads and couldn't decide whether they were making an action thriller or a drama of conscience; they wound up flubbing both.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Don Cheadle is such a good actor. If he were more of a showboat, he would be a bigger star. But he remains the go-to man for a film like this.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It tells a good, snakelike story, slithering in some unpredictable directions.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The script seldom rises above formula, but its respectful treatment of Islam is both unusual and welcome.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Observing the conventions of the millennial thriller, it succeeds in amping up the suspense. Yet it never fully engages the ethical conflicts it raises.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Cheadle usually melts seamlessly into his roles. He's less convincing here, however.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Flat and just plain boring most of the time, Traitor wastes some fine actors -- Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels and Said Taghmaoui -- and a topical story, finding no sparks in what should be an incendiary tale of terrorism.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Cheadle is outstanding. That's no surprise; he's a fantastic actor. Here he's given a lot of room in which to navigate.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The first things to go in Cheadle's portrayal of such a knotted, inward man are spontaneity and a sense of humor.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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