Peter Berg‘s The Kingdom “is basically (and disappointingly) a straight-up police procedural/action movie,” says Newsweek‘s David Ansen, “in which a team of FBI agents, champing at the bit to apprehend the killers but hamstrung at every turn by local and international protocol, secretly fly [to Ryadh] from Washington in a race against the clock to stop terrorists” from doing their usual-usual. “As a genre movie, The Kingdom delivers atmosphere, heroic American derring-do and some decent thrills,” but the way to best enjoy it is to “see it as a popcorn cross of The A Team and Alias.”