If Confessions of a Shopaholic is being faulted for bad timing, The International is being praised for its timeliness. Unfortunately, many critics have little else to praise the movie for. Tom Maurstad in the Dallas Morning News comments, "If ever a movie seemed made for its time, The International is it. ... There's just one problem The movie isn't very good." Lou Lumenick in the New York Post regards a key sequence. filmed at the Guggenheim Museum, as "preposterous" and the movie itself as a "remarkably dull thriller." Joe Morgan in the Wall Street Journal dismisses it as a "hollow new charade." Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News thinks it "almost seems like a Monty Python spoof on spy-game thrillers." Rick Groen in the Toronto Globe & Mail acknowledges that he went to the screening of the movie with a "strong rooting interest." He writes "Definitely, this is the sort of movie you want to prevail, and when it doesn't, when what first seems like intelligent intricacy ends in bamboozled confusion, all that remains is an acute sense of getting royally ripped off. Call me a whiner, but a studio flick about corporate villainy shouldn't leave the audience feeling like a corporate victim." But Ty Burr in the Boston Globe finds the scene that the Post 's Lumenick regards as "preposterous" to be "so audacious, so supremely well crafted that I don't want to tell you anything more about it."