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The Debt Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 5, 2011
If you like your spy thrillers tense, gripping and meaningful, The Debt should be on the top of your must-see list
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
October 9, 2011
The film delivers both as a love story and as an old-fashioned espionage thriller that no amount of implausibility can spoil.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
October 6, 2011
There's nothing to hate about this film, but it is just not interesting enough to warrant its 104-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
October 5, 2011
The plot could have great weight but it never makes use of it, while the revelations explored in the past, aren't followed through in the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
October 5, 2011
An entertaining addition to the recent wave of retro spy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Stables
Sight and Sound
October 4, 2011
The result is a sturdy, often suspenseful piece, but one that delivers less than it promises.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 2, 2011
Dramatically unconvincing and morally unsatisfactory.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 1, 2011
...a movie scrubbed of subtlety, but it's not an ineffective or boring work, it's actually highly suspenseful - at times ridiculously tense.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
September 30, 2011
A well-acted thriller that raises complex issues of conscience
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 30, 2011
The performances are what counts, and Mirren and Chastain certainly deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 30, 2011
In less capable hands, this could have been a disaster but Madden just gets away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
September 30, 2011
The Debt cranks up the tension and elegantly conceals plot twists by cutting back and forth between events in 1966 and 1997.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 30, 2011
At first, the fidgety back-and-forth storytelling slows the film down, but when the agents seize their prey the narrative steadies and a gripping battle of wits unfolds as the wily captive tries to exploit his captors' weak spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
September 29, 2011
While the moral question about "doing the right thing" isn't entirely answered by the climax, this is still a superior thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 29, 2011
A blockbuster with brains, one that neatly examines the psychological toll of living with a long-standing lie and, less successfully, explores how the power of unrequited love can reach through the decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
Madden's The Debt is a diligent fait accompli of the original Israel version, Ha-Hov, by avoiding poking at political hornet's nest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 29, 2011
Solid, workmanlike storytelling is what's on offer in this meaty thriller with robust and satisfying star turns...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 29, 2011
With its powerful performances, good twists and fast-pacing The Debt is a welcome adult thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 29, 2011
There's the overall feeling of hard work not quite paying off, but the gorgeous and game Chastain quietly salvages everything she can.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 29, 2011
John Shakespeare In Love Madden directs, but literary larks in the Globe are a long way from the laboured, catchpenny lucubrations of this global retribution tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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