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The Debt Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012
If you were looking for a thrilling and immersing story of bravery based on the synopsis of the film, sadly you won't find it here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
September 1, 2011
The Debt plays out as a series of misfires that each on their own aren't particularly lethal, but taken all together serve to bring down a movie with great potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
How can the film convincingly preach via Ms. Mirren's voice-over that truth is more valuable than justice while her character is exacting vengeance on screen?
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
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
September 29, 2011
Vaughn and Goldman chose the wrong vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2011
The architecture of "The Debt" has an unfortunate flaw. The younger versions of the characters have scenes that are intrinsically more exciting, but the actors playing the older versions are more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
September 1, 2011
The movie drowns the deeper questions it raises in a sadistic procedural, an endless circular motion of fight scenes whose only justification is themselves.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 31, 2011
The cast does what it can in the service of this assignment. But some jobs simply resist satisfying completion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
August 30, 2011
In the end, the truth we learn simply looks like a manufactured and cynical plot twist.
Tony Macklin
August 21, 2011
The three new writers for The Debt muddle the original Israeli movie Ha-Hov (2007) in an awkward attempt to make it their own. In trying to put their own stamp on it, they botch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Jordan Mintzer
September 5, 2010
The remake ups the adrenaline factor, and features strong perfs across the board, yet feels bogged down by a weighty love triangle and a subject that merits more than the old-school good vs. evil approach.
September 2, 2011
Sports an intriguing premise and uniformly strong performances, but its second act is mediocre and its third act even worse, and it can't help but pale in comparison to Munich
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 1, 2011
Awkwardly marrying "Munich"-style moral conundrums with cheesy Robert Ludlum stylings, the slow-paced thriller "The Debt" never pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Eric Melin
September 9, 2011
The final reveal is unintentionally hilarious and ruins everything the film had worked towards. The acting is good across the board, but only half of "The Debt" works like it's supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
August 30, 2011
A far-fetched ending confuses the need to tell the truth for others' sake with the act of covering your own ass and clearing your conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2011
An overcooked espionage thriller celebrating revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
September 1, 2011
There are movies you want to like that just won't let you.
December 28, 2011
A narrative in search of a story
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 5, 2011
Wants to ask deep philosophical questions [but] the protracted ending prevents any of these philosophical darts from sticking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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