The Fugitive Reviews

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2014
Working from a tight script by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy, director Andrew Davis has fashioned a crackling, intelligent thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 29, 2013
The film is little more than a well-oiled machine that serves a strictly limited function, but like a precision timepiece, it is a thing to marvel at, even under close scrutiny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 29, 2013
For dynamite suspense loaded with thrills and wicked fun, you can't beat The Fugitive.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
I've already seen The Fugitive twice. I'll probably see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 29, 2013
Thoroughly engaging, edge-of-the-seat entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2013
While there are actors in this film, there isn't much room for acting. The rapid editing and near-absence of dialogue reduces the actors to action figures with colorful labels pasted on their foreheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
The Fugitive is a super-adrenalized stemwinder, a crisp and jolting melodrama that screws the tension so pitilessly tight it does everything but squeak.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
It's a pleasure to find a thriller fulfilling its duties with such gusto: the emotions ring solid, the script finds time to relax into backchat, and for once the stunts look like acts of desperation rather than shows of prowess.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
It isn't just a high-powered summer blockbuster. It's something cannier (and rarer): a suspense thriller rooted in character.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
A first-rate thriller.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
May 20, 2008
A consummate nail-biter that never lags, it leaves you breathless from the chase yet anxious for the next bit of mayhem or clever plot twist.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
Though it's a good half hour too long, this overblown 1993 spin-off of the 60s TV show otherwise adds up to a pretty good suspense thriller.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A glossy, formula chase movie with the requisite number of extravagant action sequences (most notably a massive train crash).
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Both stars have toughness and restraint that make their characters' battle of wits truly hypnotic, and in many ways more credible than it was on television.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A juggernaut of exaggeration, momentum and thrills.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
"Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Davis paints with bold visual strokes so that the movie rises above its action-film origins and becomes operatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A flurry of stunts, close shaves and deeds of desperate daring, it easily transcends its television origins to become a stylish pacemaker-buster on the order of "Die Hard, MD."