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BAD COMPANY

A mad Russian is determined to nuke New York, and the boys at the CIA have only 9 days to figure out where the bomb has been planted.

(Now in stores)

CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Matthew Marsh, Gabriel Macht, Kerry Washington, Adoni Maropis, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Peter Stormare, Brooke Smith, Dragan Micanovic, John Slattery

DIRECTOR: Joel Schumacher


"Mr. Hopkins deserves another Oscar for wrestling with bad lines ('The cold war's over. Terrorism, fanaticism is global.') without rolling his eyes so vigorously that they scrape the inside of his skull. ..'Bad Company,' like many of the nonpolitical terrorist-as-villain spectaculars that have been held back after Sept.11, has the whiff of something gone stale. Though it may have sat on the shelf for a while, this project had gone bad long before it was released." --Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"To be sure, the movie was made before 9/11...but even before 9/11 it was clear that nuclear terrorism was a real possibility. While 'The Sum of all Fears' deals in a quasi-serious way with the subject (up until the astonishingly inappropriate ending), 'Bad Company' is more light-hearted. Ho, ho...The motive for blowing up New York is scarcely discussed...As for the theme of a nuclear device that might destroy New York, I have a feeling that after this generation of pre-9/11 movies plays out, we won't be seeing it much anymore." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

" Hopkins squints, sneers and glides through his action-hero duties, chewing toothpicks and gum along with pieces of scenery...Chris Rock spends much of 'Bad Company' being jittery, dysfunctional and perpetually frightened in the manner of Mantan Moreland's Birmingham Brown roles in dozens of 1940s Charlie Chan movies...Moreland, as with most of his black comic peers of his era, had talents that far exceeded the roles he was offered. But they took such demeaning roles because, back then, Hollywood didn't give them any choice. Rock, given his clout in pop culture, does have a choice." --Gene Seymour, Newsday

"...Schumacher gives this movie as good, streamlined and fast-paced a ride as he can. But in the end, the director's stuck with a stinker of a premise, which returns to the now-cliched, white-guy-black-guy era of 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'Trading Places' and '48 HRS.' ... 'Bad Company' (which Bruckheimer first started conceiving in the late 1980s) is still asking us to chuckle at that nutty dynamic between 'urban' wisecracking and chilly, white deadpan." --Desson Howe, The Washington Post

"Three minutes...and it's goodbye, New York!" If this line--spoken as a clock in the bowels of Grand Central Station ticks toward nuclear annihilation--strikes you as amusing, by all means check out Joel Schumacher's anything-for-a-laugh thriller...I'd rather spend a weekend at Guantanamo Bay than re-experience a single frame of this loathsome, faux patriotic, badly acted, sloppily directed obscenity." --Guy Flatley, Moviecrazed