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The Bone Collector (1999)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 61

A talented cast is wasted on a bland attempt at a suspenseful, serial killer flick.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 16

A talented cast is wasted on a bland attempt at a suspenseful, serial killer flick.



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Filmed on location in Montreal and New York, The Bone Collector is a suspense thriller that combines Rear Window and Seven. Two cops on the trail of a brutal serial killer must see as one, act as one, and think as one before the next victim falls. Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is an intelligent forensics detective who was paralyzed in the line of duty. The author of several books, he has a keen eye for detail and nose for clues that have made him a legend in the law enforcement community.


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Jeremy Iacone

Aug 28, 2001

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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (61) | DVD (19)

Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie muster enough electricity to make The Bone Collector a watchable thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Assembled from off-the-shelf thriller contrivances, likable characters and utter absurdity, with one of those scores that's the musical equivalent of trying to scrape the burnt meat off the bottom of the pot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The film never really gathers suspense and tension.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Another borderline-absurd scenario.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Grisly thriller with great performances; not for kids.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The filmmakers forgot to satisfactorily conceal the identity of the homicidal title character.

November 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

The Bone Collector can't overcome limits of its script and it is unlikely to remain in viewers' memory for a long time.

February 16, 2005 Full Review

A desperate send-up of authentic evil, a True Crime! tabloid 'zine thriller packaged with all the subtlety and restraint of children's toothpaste.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

shares with most of the films of this genre a penchant for moody photography, startling bursts of violence and, regrettably, a finale that's so far-fetched and relies on so many coincidences it's impossible to swallow.

July 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The real killer... is easily spotted in the movie's one scene that isn't specifically designed to move the plot forward.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

O que poderia ser uma boa história transforma-se em um emaranhado confuso de clichês.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A thriller that also manages to focus on the art of mentoring.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Surprise revelations and plot twists undermine the entire film.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Once again, Mr. Washington delivers a fine performance.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.

January 1, 2000

The killer - whose identity is so tangential to the plot he might as well be the butler.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

You've got a film that leaves you with a sick feeling in your stomach. And it has nothing to do with all the severed bones and fingers you've had to digest.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

The film assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Weak ending.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

The material is crude, sado-porn slop, and not even a gem talent like Washington (or a rising one like Jolie) can make it smell much better.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Jolie here emerges as a bland, practically sexless ingenue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Bone Collector

A great film. Angelina Jolie is such a great actress. A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Star vehicle cat and mouse with denzel as the old hand and angelina as the rookie learning the ropes: can they catch the killer in time? Okay thriller boosted by a competent support cast.
April 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

A very good cat and mouse thriller as an ex-cop teams up with a rookie to investigate crime scenes to track down a serial killer.
August 21, 2010

Super Reviewer

There was definitely good acting by Jolie and Washington, but the psychological aspects weren't all there. It was interesting, but not ultimately a slam dunk.
August 11, 2010

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