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A Perfect Getaway (2009)

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60

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 81 | Rotten: 53

While smarter than the average slasher film, A Perfect Getaway eventually devolves into a standard, predictable, excessively violent thriller.

56

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 16

While smarter than the average slasher film, A Perfect Getaway eventually devolves into a standard, predictable, excessively violent thriller.

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Honeymooning newlyweds Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are hiking an 11-mile trail in Hawaii when they cross paths will ex-military man Nick (Timothy Olyphant), who earns their trust by helping them navigate a particularly treacherous mountain cliff. A few yards later, the trio runs into a group of girls whose parents are begging them to return home following reports that a honeymooning couple has been murdered on one of the other islands. The suspects in the killings are a young

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

David Twohy

Dec 29, 2009

$15.5M

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (53) | DVD (6)

A big-reveal thriller with surprises that really do surprise -- and are worth waiting for through an audaciously long buildup.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Writer-director David Twohy (Pitch Black) serves up mechanical thrills culminating in a bogus twist ending

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A Perfect Getaway is a little better -- well, a little stranger -- than most of the disposables this summer.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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David Twohy's taut, palm-sweating thriller has two things going for it: it keeps you guessing and it doesn't insult your intelligence.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
Time Out
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The aesthetic is closer to a grand finale of Survivor than anything else, and while all the actors do scrappy work, they don't have much psychology to play with -- unlike a fun, class-conscious wilderness tale like The Edge.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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I just don't think there was enough drama in the first two-thirds of this movie.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (4)
At the Movies
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The film is not a total loss due to its interesting use of suspense and its tactic of placing suspicion on every character. While it's not one of the best thrillers out there, you could easily do worse.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Far from a perfect film, but it is a lot of fun. In the tradition of old-fashioned thrillers, the movie has some nice twists and turns in the plot.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A riveting horror-thriller that should do for hiking in Hawaii what Hostel did for backpacking in Slovakia.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Twohy's script dares and succeeds in peppering the dialogue with funny insider references to Hollywood scripts and actors.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Twohy lets his story's central guessing game play out with patient tautness.

March 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

A slight film, slight in its surprises and in its suspense, and yet not totally devoid of either.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

A cunning, sideways-sneaking genre piece with both the fancy to surprise audiences and the adroit filmmaking to do so

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

It works because it's smart, knows it's smart, announces to us that it's smart - then backs off and lets the suspense and dark comedy mix.

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Twohy seems to think the eventual revelation is clever enough to be worth the price of admission by itself. It isn't. To give better value, he should have souped up the cartoonish violence of the final scenes.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

[An] effective thriller.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's a lot of blood and little logic but the actors scream nicely.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London | Comments (4)
This is London

The set up is so good that it pains me to say that the last half hour falls apart. Once things are revealed, it becomes too silly.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comments (5)
Sin Magazine

I changed my mind about this movie three times.

August 16, 2009 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A structurally solid B-movie, marked by smart casting and carefully modulated performances, that delivers high on the popcorn-munching entertainment scale.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Trash with a whiplash.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Comments (3)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The home video sets up A Perfect Getaway's frank understanding of itself as formula.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Modest but twisty B-thriller is elevated by nice character touches, witty writing and its tropical setting.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for A Perfect Getaway

Run of the mill thriller with some good performances from the 4 main leads. The location is the real star of the movie but with a slow first half followed by a twist in the end which wasn?t much of a surprise. Steve Zhan is always a joy to watch and he doesn?t disappoint here and milla jovorich looks good but that?s all she got to do here.
It?s a perfect Friday beer and curry night in, that?s pretty much it.
July 30, 2012
briandeguelle

Super Reviewer

A Perfect Gataway actually surprised. Considering the mediocre cast, the film turned out to be better than what I expected it to be. Despite the fact that it's nothing too special, A Perfect Gataway is a good film that is better than what most people think. There are better thrillers that you can see, but for what it is, A Perfect Gataway is a good film that considering a mediocre cast, turned out better than what I expected. The film is a bit predictable, but it does manage to be thrilling and exciting. Like I said, I didn't expect much from this film, and after seeing it, I thought it was better than average. The performances from the somewhat mediocre cast are surprisingly decent here, and though there's room for improvement in the acting department, the cast did do a good job in their respective parts. A Perfect Gataway is overall a decent film that despite its faults is fairly entertaining for what it is. Like I said, the cast do a good job despite their somewhat lacking skills. Overall A Perfect Gataway is a mindless, fun thriller if you can forgive the sometimes lacking plot and borderline decent performances, which aren't that bad actually. Overall this should be seen as a mindless thriller that though relies on clichés for its plot is still very much entertaining and thrilling. Not a perfect thriller, but it has enough thrills to make it worth seeing.
November 21, 2011
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Beautiful scenery. And Hawaii looks pretty nice, too. Ba-dum-dum.
September 11, 2011
Julie

Super Reviewer

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    1. Cliff: So.. they're like... a couple?
    – Submitted by Laura S (22 months ago)
    1. Gina: He's really hard to kill.
    – Submitted by Cori J (2 years ago)
    1. Cydney: It's amazing how much people talk about themselves when their on vacation, talk to people they only just met.
    – Submitted by James W (2 years ago)
    1. Cliff: We're not really hunting goats here, are we?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Cliff: Nothing bad ever happens in Hawaii, right?
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