127 Hours Reviews

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Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
November 14, 2010
Danny Boyle is still incapable of keeping his camera still, straight or in focus, and his 'directorial style' is more blatant and distracting than ever.
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
October 15, 2010
It's a shame Boyle admittedly worried about audience squeamishness, because there's this constant feeling that the movie is about to get much more intense, and it simply never happens.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
February 8, 2011
It doesn't matter how disarming Franco's single-handed performance is; there is simply not enough dramatic meat on the bones of Ralston's true story to distract us from where it is heading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2010
Danny Boyle's dramatization of the real-life ordeal of outdoorsman Aron Ralston boasts the kind of conceptual riskiness that a director has the cachet to tackle only after, say, delivering a crowd-pleasing Best Picture Oscar-winner.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 19, 2010
There is so much inherent drama in the story that Boyle's whiz-banging feels unnecessary and disrespectful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 3, 2010
The director refuses to allow a minute to pass free from intrusive embellishment.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 58/100
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 11, 2010
"127 Hours," about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
So busy and self-consciously virtuosic that the movie undercuts it's own premise.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 8, 2011
This tale of male bravado is tedious and tiring and that amputation moment is stomach churning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2010
Boyle's poppy conceptual razzmatazz simply suggests the man as a contestant on America's Next Top Mountain Climber, all style for the sake of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
November 5, 2010
...does everything it can to show us anything other than just Franco between rocks, as if the director doesn't trust his star to be sufficiently compelling by himself.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 8, 2011
Visually, sonically, and tonally, 127 Hours is too often at odds with itself in competing for our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
Chicago Reader
November 12, 2010
Aside from an exhilarating opening and a gruesome climax, the movie isn't all that rich emotionally; all the visual razzle-dazzle winds up serving a pat lesson about people needing other people.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2010
Shiver-making moments aside, in a important way 127 Hours suffers from the filmmaker's lack of nerve, a reluctance to let the audience taste Ralston's dread and the expectation of a slow, absurd death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 5, 2012
127 Hours is an inspiring dramatic thriller with creative direction by Danny Boyle and a commanding performance from James Franco.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 22, 2012
It's chilling, claustrophobic, even nerve-racking, but it's also one of the most fascinating films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Absolutely masterful in both its production and its performances, this drama is easily one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
127 Hours is ultimately about a man wrestling with his own hubristic mode of living, and paying a price for it, but living.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
September 7, 2011
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