Rolling Stone - 08/20/1998
"...Jackson and Spacey raise the bar on popular entertainment by giving THE NEGOTIATOR the full commitment of their talents..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/1998
"...[Spacey and Rifkin] give astute performances..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/21/1998
"...Jackson has what is probably his juiciest role since PULP FICTION....A satisfyingly tense and booby-trapped thriller..." -- Rating: B+
New York Times - 07/29/1998
"...Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure..."
Box Office - 09/01/1998
"...The action is well-paced....It's an exciting, taut suspense with some impressive performances..."
Jackson plays Danny Roman, a cop who, anxious to clear himself of false accusations, takes a group of people hostage and requests the presence of a fellow officer from another precinct. Spacey plays Chris Sabian, a hostage specialist, the Negotiator, who comes in to try and defuse the situation and bring Roman in. He is not prepared for what he hears and the city isn't ready for what they do.