Felon Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 14, 2008
The plot expands and gets more complex as the story progresses, and the dramatic tension ratchets up
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2008
It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 3, 2008
...establishes itself as a gritty, thoroughly compelling prison drama that rarely relies on the various tropes of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 1, 2008
Dorff, who was last spotted as a scary sexual sadist in Shadowboxer, gives a mesmerizing performance evolving from stunned civilian to brutalized inmate and dangerous prison thug, then transforming into a tested man who rediscovers his own humanity.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 26, 2008
This tough, uncompromising, cautionary thriller should be a wake-up call about America's outrageously archaic laws insofar as defending the sanctity of home and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 21, 2008
Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 18, 2008
Felon ventures outside the prison walls so often that the audience doesnâ(TM)t get a prolonged sense of the claustrophobia of confinement; the rage being displayed actually dispels the sense of isolation and boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2008
Kilmer and Dorff, who was also an executive producer, immerse themselves in difficult roles and the film's overall air of social commitment will surprise viewers drawn in by its exploitation-movie promotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 18, 2008
Tough, brutish prison drama with an easy windup, but good acting and an uncompromising take on the prison system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 18, 2008
Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary near Santa Fe, Felon is one of the most realistic prison films ever made.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 18, 2008
A good cast and disciplined direction add some distinction to Ric Roman Waugh's Felon, which is basically the old tale about an innocent man corrupted by a stay in prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 18, 2008
A subplot involving corrupt guards makes the movie even duller than the score that sounds like a rusty squeezebox.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2008
For a film that seems to pride itself on its depiction of prison-reality, it feels extremely movie-phony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 17, 2008
While the film is violent and decidedly tragic, the overall sensation of watching it is nothing you haven't experienced before with numerous films, from Death Warrant to Lock Up to Oz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 17, 2008
Directed with pounding energy by Ric Roman Waugh and acted to the hilt by a cast comprising several of yesterday's stars proving their mettle, the movie delivers the thrills and emotion that prison movies require.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 16, 2008
The stuff that happens in a tense, taut new movie called Felon is nothing less than electrifying.
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
July 16, 2008
Felon gives everyone their tidy and expected due but outlines a realistic enough cycle of how a man's life can easily spiral out of his control.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 15, 2008
Former stuntman Rick Waugh turns writer/director to make a compelling and gritty drama that is as much a commentary on America's failed justice/prison system as it is about the devastation suffered by an honest family man imprisoned for killing a burglar
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 14, 2008
Felon flounders in convincingly resolving its protagonist's plight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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