3.5 out of 5 stars
A number of things stand out for me while watching this enjoyable, entertaining thriller. Jodie Foster knows her pacing and can direct very well. More often than not, the script is smart enough to confront and then bypass clichés and keeps sentimentality in check – even until its bitter end. And surprisingly, after the first few scenes, I was able to forget that I am watching George Clooney and Julia Roberts and I was totally invested in Lee Gates and Patty Fenn, though admittedly more the former than the latter. The film script has the DNA of 70s classics such as Network and Dog Day Afternoon and for the most part, keeps things moving briskly along to gloss over any narrative contrivances and artificiality . And even though the third act does somewhat beggar belief, I still like the film as one of those worthy Hollywood films with a message, it’s just a shame that there are other films recently which have covered similar territory in better and more sophisticated manners.