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15 Minutes

Action . Crime . Thriller . Drama

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story."

Actors: Robert De Niro , Charlize Theron , Edward Burns , Kelsey Grammer , Avery Brooks , Vera Farmiga , Kim Cattrall , David Alan Grier , Roseanne Barr , Anton Yelchin
Directors: John Herzfeld
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2001-03-09
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  • Roger Ebert

    A cynical, savage satire about violence, the media and depravity. It doesn't have the polish of "Natural Born Killers" or the wit of "Wag the Dog," but it's a real movie, rough edges and all, and not another link from the sausage factory.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The picture is more impressive as it goes along, revealing a symmetry of construction underneath the rudiments of a thriller.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Larry Terenzi

    Boasts a fine cast and makes enough cogent points that it rises above standard cop fare.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    It's a fast, entertaining ride.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Both audacious and unwieldy, exciting and excessive, this dark thriller is too long, too violent and not always convincing. But at the same time, there's no denying that it's onto something, that its savage indictment of the nexus involving media, crime and a voracious public is a cinematic statement difficult to ignore.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    A first-rate Hollywood entertainment--at least if one can accept the schizophrenia of combining a cop/buddy action thriller with an angry satire about the shamelessness of the media.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Big, loud and lurid, but no less entertaining for that.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • William Arnold

    A fairly hypocritical exercise -- and one that's so flamboyant and overbearing that it comes perilously close to being a classic awful.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The premise is promising, but Herzfeld cares more about sensationalism than substance, and portions of the picture are far nastier than they had to be.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    The Czech Republic and Russia, the respective homes of Emil and Oleg, should sue.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Less a movie for intelligent moviegoers than a suggestion that we're all brainless chickens. Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Herzfeld's sophomore movie is one long howl of rage over the relationship between criminals, journalists and thrill-hungry audiences.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A thriller more contrived than it is exciting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Too busy trying to make remarks to be much fun in the end. But it really only has one remark, which it reiterates about a thousand times, and it's not all that remarkable: Fame is overrated.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Clumsy urban thriller.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The unearned air of moralism that wafts through 15 Minutes pollutes its entertainment value.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Herzfeld also wrote the screenplay, and so its leaden and obvious tone and the resulting dearth of delicacy rests squarely on him.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    15 Minutes settles into Richard Donner-style goulash.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It's the poster child for bad taste, not to mention bad construction.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Is less an end in itself than an excuse, a jumping off point for showy, contrived, borderline exploitation sequences that fail to tie together because they're not really there to do anything but sell themselves as money shot thrills.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    John Herzfeld, the writer-director, attacks America's lust for voyeuristic sensationalism by aping the very tactics he decries.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    15 Minutes is simply a bad movie. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    It's fleet- footed, merciless entertainment. But the mixture of laughs, bathos and brutality is a big turnoff.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    They (De Niro, Burns) look good together. But what a staggering pity they chose such a nasty, hackneyed movie to demonstrate their chemistry.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Isn't just rotten -- badly acted, badly written, badly conceived -- it's dead inside.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It all adds up to one of the most brazen pieces of blame-shifting in exploitation-picture history.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    The surprise here isn't that 15 Minutes isn't a masterpiece; it's that the movie works at all.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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