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The Bone Collector (1999)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 217,846



Movie Info

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. … More

R (for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language)
Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeremy Iacone
In Theaters:
Aug 28, 2001
Universal Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Bone Collector

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
At the Movies
Top Critic

The film never really gathers suspense and tension.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Another borderline-absurd scenario.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Grisly thriller with great performances; not for kids.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | November 29, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2005

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Surprise revelations and plot twists undermine the entire film.

Full Review… | March 8, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Once again, Mr. Washington delivers a fine performance.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Weak ending.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Diego Union-Tribune

Jolie here emerges as a bland, practically sexless ingenue.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Bone Collector

A great film. Angelina Jolie is such a great actress. A must see!

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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.

Dean !

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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