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127 Hours (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 215
Fresh: 201
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco.

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: As gut-wrenching as it is inspirational, 127 Hours unites one of Danny Boyle's most beautifully exuberant directorial efforts with a terrific performance from James Franco.

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 92,456

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Movie Info

"127 Hours" is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolate canyon in Utah. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, … More

Rating:
R (for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Danny Boyle , Simon Beaufoy
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 1, 2011
Box Office:
$18.3M
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 127 Hours

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (201) | Rotten (14) | DVD (10)

It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation.

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

At the end, we stagger like Ralston from the dark into the light. We might have both our arms left, but our nerves are just as terrorised.

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Boyle is such a gifted filmmaker that, in his hands, 127 Hours is genuinely -- and unsentimentally -- inspirational.

Full Review… | November 24, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Boyle has always been an exceptionally stylish director, and, despite its limited setting, 127 Hours is a marvel of visual eye candy.

Full Review… | November 24, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Directed and co-written by Danny Boyle in a style that travels from ecstatic to nerve-wracking and back, this is a film about perseverance, strength and the importance of always letting people know where you're going.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

The nightmare becomes a tribute to Ralston's bravery -- without casting him as a hero. He just got tired of waiting to die and decided to live.

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

beautifully constructed film worthy of the praise it has received during its award season run

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Absolutely masterful in both its production and its performances, this drama is easily one of the year's best.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

You can know how this misdaventure came out and still be moved by this mystical/moving and miraculous film.

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
Movie Nation

127 Hours is an inspiring dramatic thriller with creative direction by Danny Boyle and a commanding performance from James Franco.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
ScreenRant

127 Hours asks a big question of its audience: could you do what Aron Ralston does when it came down to it?

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's chilling, claustrophobic, even nerve-racking, but it's also one of the most fascinating films of the year.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
Examiner.com

With all due respect to Franco's strong performance, the director, Danny Boyle hijacked the story for a chance to show off his visual style.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012

Boyle solves the problem of shooting a film in a single location

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

... Essentially Franco in a one-man show, and his charm and enthusiasm instantly win us over.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

For a movie about a man falling into a canyon crack, there's much to think about here, not the least of which is how far any one of us would go, under similar circumstances, to survive.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
American Profile

Danny Boyle is hit-or-miss for me. Thankfully, this was a hit.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

You'll feel like you're clenching everything in your body as this movie builds towards its inevitable climax, but this is a masterful work...

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
The Standard

A lot of movies about climbing ‒ Touching the Void, North Face ‒ are about men who get into trouble by pushing their luck. This one takes as its main theme the sin of hubris.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
CinemaDope

This is an honest-to-goodness, feel-good triumphant scene -- albeit one that's disorienting and exhausting, somewhat as it must have been in real life.

Full Review… | April 16, 2011
Florida Times-Union

It's haunting and moving and -- if you're squeamish -- only involves major arm-cut-offing for like 60 seconds of screen time.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Driven by James Franco's charisma and Danny Boyle's bizarrely antiquated, but refreshingly sharp sense of style, 127 Hours is as exciting as a film about a guy stuck to a rock could possibly be.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
IGN DVD

...immaculate in its technical aspects, not just in the way the camera hunts down interesting images but in its pitch perfect casting and ... sound design. This is the sort of movie you admire more for its virtuosity than [its]story

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A tour de force for Franco, certainly, but also for Boyle, who takes something you'd think impossible to film and somehow makes a compelling story out of it.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Danny Boyle makes you experience the ordeal in vivid, intimate details. You feel everything from the visceral agony to the utter triumph. It's brilliant movie-making

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
Triple J

Audience Reviews for 127 Hours

That Sigur Ros music cue towards the end never fails to make me tear up.

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Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

½

An exciting start with lovely cinematography only serves to make the bulk of the movie seem painfully dull as our protagonist becomes literally stuck between a rock and hard place. Unfortunately, it's not really worth the pain.

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RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

½

So I watched Buried and was incredibly disappointed. I figured there is only so much content that can be put into a film about a guy stuck in one place. So it was only by chance that I saw yet another movie about a guy stuck in one spot.
As it turns out it can be done eloquently. 127 Hours was vastly superior in every way to Buried.
His character was likable, the situation and his attempts to get free were plausible. It was a balanced film too; it was as suspenseful as it was charming.
The end sequences were powerful with great cinematography and sound. This is a film you can watch with a group of people (not children) or on your own.

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solesoulsorrow
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

How exciting can you make a movie where someone's stuck between a rock and a rock for 90 minutes (or 127 hours, as it happened in 2002) and everyone heard about how the case ended? If you're Danny Boyle, you have a lot of ideas. Starting out like a Gatorade or hiking commercial, the film soon after gets very reduced and has to rely entirely on James Franco in his strongest performance to date. While Boyle still adds a few fun camera and stoy-telling gimmicks to spice up the endless time Aron is stuck, the film works thanks to Franco's outstanding acting. The last 10 minutes, with Sigur Ros' "Festival" playing, are absolutely brilliant and leave you deeply touched. A great example of what human beings are capable of and why stories about the will to live always beat "stones fall, everyone dies" endings. Impressing both from the background story and the acting point of view.

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ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

127 Hours Quotes


Aron Ralston:
I've been moving towards it my entire life. The minute I was born, every breath that I've taken, every action has been leading me to this crack on the out surface.
– Submitted by Ayman E (9 months ago)
Aron Ralston:
Hello. This time the rat doesn't scuttle off. Yeah, what am I doing here? Good question. In all of the places in all of the world. Huh. Did all the routes, all the big descents. Not good enough. Not hard enough, right? Right. Got what I wanted. Got what I asked for. Everyone else is out there. And I'm in here. Dying. Real cool.
– Submitted by Jean R (18 months ago)
Aron Ralston:
Good morning everyone! It is seven o clock here in canyon land USA! And this morning, on the boulder, we have a very special guest, self-proclaimed, American superhero, Aron Ralston! Let's here it for Aron! Hi, oh it's so great to be here! Hey can I say hi to my mom and dad? Mom and dad! Mustn't forget mom and dad, right Aron? Yeah, hey mom, I'm sorry I didn't answer the phone the other day. If I had, I would have told you where I was going, and, well I probably wouldn't be here right now. That's for sure! But like I always say, your supreme selfishness is our gain! Thank you Aron! Anyone else you wanna say hi to? Well there's Brian at work. Brian- Hi Aron! Hey, probably won't be making it in to work today! Ha ha ha, get a load of this guy! Oh wait, hang on, we have a call coming in from another Aron, in Looser Canyon, Utah. Aron asks... Am I right in thinking even if Brian from work notifies the police they'll put a 24 hour hold on it, before they file a missing persons report. Which means, you won't be declared missing, until mid-day Wednesday at the earliest? Uh, yeah! You're right on the money there Aron! Which means, I'll probably be dead by then! Aron from Looser Canyon, Utah! How do you know so much?! Well I'll tell you why I know so much, I volunteer for the rescue service. Huh!!! You see, I'm some kind of, well a big fucking hard hero. And I can do anything on my own, you see? I do see! Now is it true, that despite, or maybe because you're a big fucking hard hero, you didn't tell anyone where you were going? Uh, yes that is correct. Anyone? No. Oops!
– Submitted by Jesus H (2 years ago)
Aron Ralston:
I'm in pretty deep doodoo here.
– Submitted by William L (2 years ago)
Aron Ralston:
Good morning everyone! It is seven o clock here in canyon land USA! And this morning, on the boulder, we have a very special guest, self-proclaimed, American superhero, Aron Ralston! Let's here it for Aron! Hi, oh it's so great to be here! Hey can I say hi to my mom and dad? Mom and dad! Mustn't forget mom and dad, right Aron? Yeah, hey mom, I'm sorry I didn't answer the phone the other day. If I had, I would have told you where I was going, and, well I probably wouldn't be here right now. That's for sure! But like I always say, your supreme selfishness is our gain! Thank you Aron! Anyone else you wanna say hi to? Well there's Brian at work. Brian- Hi Aron! Hey, probably won't be making it in to work today! Ha ha ha, get a load of this guy! Oh wait, hang on, we have a call coming in from another Aron, in Looser Canyon, Utah. Aron asks... Am I right in thinking even if Brian from work notifies the police they'll put a 24 hour hold on it, before they file a missing persons report. Which means, you won't be declared missing, until mid-day Wednesday at the earliest? Uh, yeah! You're right on the money there Aron! Which means, I'll probably be dead by then! Aron from Looser Canyon, Utah! How do you know so much?! Well I'll tell you why I know so much, I volunteer for the rescue service. Huh!!! You see, I'm some kind of, well a big fucking hard hero. And I can do anything on my own, you see? I do see! Now is it true, that despite, or maybe because you're a big fucking hard hero, you didn't tell anyone where you were going? Uh, yes that is correct. Anyone? No. Oops!
– Submitted by Hunter E (2 years ago)
Aron Ralston:
I'm only a psychopath on weekdays.
– Submitted by Jackson M (2 years ago)

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