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1,682 Ratings


Directed by John Frankenheimer
United States, United Kingdom, 1998
Action, Thriller


A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.

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Ronin Directed by John Frankenheimer
I like to think of Ronin as the last great action movie of the 20th century: an analog masterpiece that uses sweaty, flesh-and-blood actors and virtuoso rubber-on-concrete choreography (including the best car chases in any 1990s film) to create the kind of weightless sensations more recently synthesized by CGI.
November 19, 2018
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As on his 1966 racing film Grand Prix, director John Frankenheimer required all the stunt driving to be done at full speed with no special effects. The results are pleasurably stressful, as reflected in De Niro’s white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel – he was actually in a car going 100mph, with his stunt driver operating the vehicle in the opposite seat.
March 21, 2017
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Frankenheimer’s finely tuned action thriller shows a pretty grim Christmas season in France, but it can’t be any more dark than listening to that one relative bring up Isis while everyone’s trying to eat dinner. Wouldn’t you rather shut them up by showing them Jean Reno and Robert De Niro shoot their way through Nice? Ronin is an unconventional choice, but it made sense in my house with parents who were cinephiles like me and sisters mostly pretty tolerant of our unusual ideas of a good time.
November 24, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Ronin

    Ronin is a masterwork of action cinema, a film that is never less than absorbing at any given moment and it features De Niro in what we can all agree is the last truly great performance he's given us since. It's also a film that achieves a rare poignancy in its minimalist story, communicating and advocating for the importance of integrity and honor in an increasingly valueless, unprincipled world.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Ronin

    Far better in the character depiction and the petty antagonisms as well as ensuing betrayals than in the excessive and over the top car chases, 'Ronin' is bold action thriller only up to a point and that point has to do with the trap of gun and money fetishism to which it eventually succumbs. If the Michael Londsdale sequence shows what the rest of the film could have been this does not deprive it of genre integrity.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Ronin

    Plot is essentially about nothing. A loosely connected series of deceptions, bluffs & double-bluffs, leading towards an unanswerable McGuffin. Mamet's dialog is snappy & hard-boiled but tells us zero about characters that feel like they've been ripped from different films. But it doesn't matter. It's just an excuse for Frankenheimer to put together some of the greatest, most gripping action set-pieces of his career.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Ronin

    The action sequences are outstanding (no kinetic editing overload), the ensemble cast is stellar (90s method afficianados) and the premise/delivery of the film echoes De Palma's second wave interpretation of Hitchcock (Blow Out, Mission Impossible). It adheres to action thriller genre conventions (even the MacGuffin) but stands tall due to its mature and understated approach akin to 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Ronin

    RONIN is a masterclass in economy. Mamet controversially rewrote J.D. Zeik's screenplay. He is said to have changed every line of dialog; stripped characters down to the bone, bushido-style. For white-knuckle action, even the Bourne movies cannot surpass it. RONIN also contains De Niro's last great role. With a sly nod to Hitchcock, Frankenheimer's direction is flawless. In fact, it requires not admiration but study.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Ronin

    A masterpiece and auteuristic in execution, despite being fully depthless entertainment. Ronin is easily one of the best action films of the 1990's, if not ever. Period. It's sleek, cool, and full of twists and turns that somehow have tension despite marginal character dimension. The scant details are purposeful—it's purely a job for these professionals, akin to Frankenheimer who keeps the momentum up always.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Ronin

    John Frankenheimer just knew how to make a great thriller and this well knit ensemble of badasses presented in this film are no exception. Why haven't Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno made more movies together?

  • Palmat's rating of the film Ronin

    The best car chase movie ever. Bullitt can kiss Ronin's ass to be blunt. Beyond that there is some great on screen chemistry between the ensamble and Frankenheimer keeps the direction old school and engaging. They sure don't make them like this anymore. Shame...

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