The Bone Collector (1999)



Critic Consensus: 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. … More

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


as Lincoln Rhyme

as Amelia Donaghy

as Capt. Howard Cheney

as Det. Kenny Solomon

as Eddie Ortiz

as Richard Thompson

as Dr. Barry Lehman

as Det. Paulie Sellitto

as Lieutenant Hanson

as Lindsay Rubin

as Alan Rubin

as Train Engineer

as Grandfather

as Granddaughter

as NYU Student

as Taxi Inspector

as Young Boy

as Ortiz's Mother

as Girlfriend in Nightc...

as Girl in Nightclub

as Gas Workers

as Gas Worker

as Police Inspector

as Cop in Apartment

as Cop in Apartment

as Bookstore Clerk

as Rhyme's Sister

as Rhyme's Niece

as Amelia's Partner

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Ortiz's Assistant

as Homicide Detective

as Male Detective

as Forensics Expert

as Fingerprint Cop

as Forensics Worker

as Uniform Cop

as Rescue Worker

as Rescue Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Bone Collector

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (28)

Another borderline-absurd scenario.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film's impact is dulled by the lack of emotional investment in the villain.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The assumption that the premise would make a better-than - average thriller was wrong.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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.

| February 16, 2005

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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 King

Super Reviewer

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